I got a surprising amount of criticism of my review of the arsenic-eating bacteria paper — some people thought I was too harsh and too skeptical and too cynical. Haven’t those people ever sat through a grad school journal club? We’re trained to eviscerate even the best papers, and I actually had to restrain myself a lot.
Anyway, I’m a pussycat. You want thorough skepticism, read Rosie Redfield’s drawing and quartering of the paper, which rips into the hasty methodology of the work. Man, after that, the body ain’t even twitching any more, and they’re going to have to clean up the pieces with a wet-vac. It’s beautiful.