Leo Martins' Daily Rant

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Feb 2

Kruglyak was also one of a collection of outside experts asked to review the reviews, which NASA released to USA TODAY in January after a Freedom of Information Act request. “In retrospect, what is the interesting aspect of them is there wasn’t anything different, or out of the ordinary in them (compared) with how most papers are handled,” Kruglyak says. “This was a par-for-the-course review.” In particular, Kruglyak notes Peer Reviewer 2 actually pointed out the problem in proving whether phosphorus was really absent from the GFAJ-1 bug’s biochemistry. The concern seems muted and is not drawn as a reason to block publication, however, amid a series of other more positive comments.

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