DrosophilaExperiment1ReportGuidelinesf11

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Drosophila Experiment 1 Report Guidelines Fall 2011 Due Date: Lab 15 Part of the process of science is communicating your results to other interested scientists in a form that would allow them to apply the new information that you have discovered to their work, and to confirm and build upon the experiments that you have done and the conclusions that you have reached. In order to gain experience writing about science, you will summarize the work that you have done for Drosophila Experiment 1 in the format of a scientific paper. As a model for this format, look at the publications that are posted on the website as part of this assignment. There are two papers utilizing enhancer trap screens posted in the Drosophila Experiment 1 Report folder: Manseau et al., 1997 and Suh et al., 2008). These papers illustrate the major sections typically found in a scientific publication, as well as the typical writing style. These aspects of a scientific paper, as well as additional information and guidelines for writing your report, are outlined below. Major sections in a scientific publication Abstract : This paragraph is a brief summary of the question/hypothesis/goal, the experimental approach and major result(s) described in the paper. Introduction : This section provides background information so that the reader can understand why this work was done. The introduction reviews the current understanding and knowledge base in the area of research that is the focus of the paper. It also states the scientific question or hypothesis that is being addressed by the work reported and presents the overall approach used to address the question. In some formats and especially in a longer paper (such as those posted), the findings of the study may be summarized in the last paragraph of the introduction. Materials and Methods : This part of the paper describes the materials used and the experimental methods in sufficient detail that another scientist working in this field could reproduce the experiments. Results: The Results section presents the experimental data in the form of tables, graphs and figures; the text of this section describes these results and their interpretation, including experimental controls. Different parts of the experiment are typically presented in separate subsections in a longer paper, or paragraphs in a shorter manuscript. Regardless, for each part, one starts with the rationale (how this part of the experiment addresses the hypothesis or scientific question and what will be learned) and the experimental approach, before describing the detailed results. Discussion: This section of the paper presents the conclusions that can be drawn from this work, relating the results back to the original scientific question or hypothesis (e.g. whether or not the results support the hypothesis). The discussion can also present new questions raised by this work and future research directions now possible. In a standard publication (but not required for your assignment), this
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