Big Picture Science – A Martian Curiosty: Felisa Wolfe-Simon

by Gary Niederhoff on August 13, 2012


Part 7 of A Martian Curiosity, featuring Felisa Wolfe-Simon, NASA astrobiology research fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, on the concept of Second Genesis, wherein life on Mars may have come from life on Earth, or vice versa.
(TRT 5:27)

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avatar David Sanders August 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

Why conduct an interview with an individual whose work has been so completely discredited?

avatar Molly Bentley August 15, 2012 at 11:05 am

David – thanks for the comment. We didn’t interview Wolfe-Simon
about the discredited arsenic paper, but about signatures for life in
general, an area where she remains qualified to comment. Listeners
can decide whether the errors Wolfe-Simon made on her paper were
so egregious, they undermine her ability to be a capable scientist.
We don’t think so. She did not commit fraud. We approached her
as an astrobiologist who might have something thoughtful to
say on this subject. And she did. – Molly

avatar Frank September 3, 2012 at 9:46 am

It wasn’t fraudulent, but it was egregiously bad science.

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