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MIT OpenCourseWare http://ocw.mit.edu 7.344 Directed Evolution: Engineering Biocatalysts Spring 2008 For information about citing these materials or our Terms of Use, visit: http://ocw.mit.edu/terms .
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Session 1 Lecture Notes 1. How to read a scientific paper: (Ask how much experience they have with this.) a. Read with a pen in hand. Underline things you think are important. Make comments or write questions to yourself in the margins. b. Pay special attention to the figures. What does each figure contribute to the paper? Why did the authors think it was necessary to include it? Does the data in a particular figure substantiate the claims made in the results section of the paper? Were there unsubstantiated statements in the paper? Was there data not shown? c. References are there to help. Go and look up references to help you understand concepts. (Sometimes this becomes a very circular task.) d. Come away from the paper with a sense of what was done and try and evaluate it. Was it a meaningful or worthwhile addition to the field?
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