reply to post by Kluute
I hope some of the skeptics will... do a bit of their own research instead of passing this off as hoax data or any other poor
I did my own research.
If DNA was actually found to have twelve strands, it would be big news in the scientific community. Huge news, actually; it would shake the
foundations of molecular biology. So I decided to look for the original peer-reviewed study in which this announcement was made. I couldn't find it.
It doesn't appear to exist.
Next, I went looking for news articles about the discovery on the web sites of three highly reputed scientific magazines, New Scientist
. If DNA had been found to have twelve strands, these magazines would certainly be abuzz with the news.
The text string I used for the search was '"12 strand" "twelve strand" dna"'. New Scientist
, whose search engine returns results for any
term in the box, gave me a string or results – basically, every article ever published in the magazine about DNA – but after looking through the
first few pages of results, none of them was about DNA having more than two strands. The other two site searches produced zero results.
Earlier, my Google search for the original paper brought in a whole slew of results for "12-strand DNA". Most of them trace to some talk of
'Russian discoveries' announced at something called the Galactic Gathering Conference, or to an 'esoteric healer' named Steve Jones.
So I googled them next.
I discovered that the Galactic
is (or was) an annual event organized by something called the Institute for the Study of
As for Steve Jones
, he turned out to be an internet quack who wants to sell you hypnotherapy
It was now perfectly clear to me that no scientist has ever discovered, or claimed to discover, that DNA has twelve strands. It's a load of tripe –
and obviously, therefore, so is the rest of the article you posted.
If you disagree, prove me wrong. It'll be hard, because I did my own research
The brain does not like contradictory information which causes dissonance and adjusts competing facts to relieve dissonance so as to strive for
a singular world view. This phenomenon works alongside a complimentary phenomenon known as the confirmation bias. The confirmation bias is the
tendency to remember information which confirms your beliefs and ignore information which contradicts your beliefs.
This may well be the explanation for your eagerness to believe a load of tripe.