Steven Novella, a scientist committed to puncturing science hype, seems to have fallen for the hype surrounding this laboratory work.
Wells encourages more than a modest dose of skepticism, and gives the example of the supposed “backward wiring of the vertebrate eye” as a case in point.
Researchers say a growing number of adults have a persistent, prominent median artery in their arms, an artery that’s important in the embryonic stage.
Blowing smoke is what science media and even scientists themselves do a great deal of the time when they talk about the origin of life.
The idea that random genetic mutations lead to wondrous, creative innovations is so influential that it forms the premise of a movie franchise, X-Men, that has grossed $6 billion.