A friend of mine just posted the following to his Facebook wall:
Can DNA teleport?
Me being the geek and desirer of most things sci-fi to become real, I immediately raced over to Techworld to read their article. I also read the scientific paper by Vitiello et al. and it doesn’t even mention the word teleport. Rather it is a paper focused on novel techniques to test people for AIDS.
The techworld article and title are very misleading. Yes, the experiments in the paper are fascinating but they have nothing to do with teleportation. I suppose science media is not immune from a little spin infection from time to time. The pang for attention often clouds clear thinking, and although I am a fan of the power of persuasion, distorting scientific facts is just not cool.
Here is my comment on Techworld’s article in attempts to set things straight:
“I just read the [scientific] article, it says nothing about a new strand of DNA in the tube. It hypothesizes that that water formed a nano-structure & that is was able to emit an EM signal also similar to the original DNA. The paper further states that the water nano-structures were able to amplify into actual DNA strands. I used to do PCR, the enzymes that read the DNA are super sensitive. I am not sure they could be fooled by water-based nano-structures. It will be interesting to see future experiments”
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