The FASEB Journal Life Sciences Forum
Regulating scientific research: should scientists be
Kristen K. Intemann* and Inmaculada de Melo-Martn,1
*Department of History and Philosophy, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA; and
LONG LIVE THE MAMMOTH
W E H AVE TH E TO O LS TO BRIN G BACK EXT INC T SPEC IES .
H ER ES H OW S CIE NT ISTS PL A N TO DO IT
BY BETH SHAPIRO
ILLUSTRAT ION BY CHR IS BU ZELLI
PO P U L A R S CIE N CE
had believed to be an extinct species. Anthony writes
ATTITUDES AND BELIEFS ABOUT
ORGAN DONATION AMONG DIFFERENT
Christine C. Yuen, William Burton, MA, Peter Chiraseveenuprapund, Erin Elmore,
Susan Wong, Philip Ozuah, MD, and Michael Mulvihill, DrPH
Bronx, New York
Many people on the waiting li
Organizing Your Argument
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Brought to you in cooperation with the Purdue Online Writing Lab
What is an
An argument involves the process of
establishing a claim and then
proving it with the use of
The list below has been compiled based on the topics of the proposals submitted for your various
research projects. The list is ordered not by topic but by publication date in descending chronology.
Kate Murphy, Peter Singer, NY Times,
Brainstorming about our subject helps unclog our thoughts, organize our ideas, and find a focus. Here are
some strategies that can help you get started:
If you are unsure about what topic you would like to write about,
De-Extinction: The future of conservation
by Lydia O'Donoghue
5 May 2013
A TEDx conference in Washington last month brought together a diverse selection of
scientists who argued that de-extinction (bringing a species back to life) is becoming a
Science and Engineering Ethics (2002) 8, 3-4
Science and Technology for the Good of
Stephanie J. Bird, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Keywords: science and technology information, communication
The relationship between society an
Introductions & Conclusions for Scientific Papers
What is the purpose of an introduction in the scientific field?
An introduction sets up the question or issue to be resolved or studied. It provides the necessary background
Writing Your First Sentence
Do you struggle with how to write the first line of your papers introduction? Or do you feel like you just
cant write the rest of your paper until you get that first sentence? You are not alone! In the spirit of learning
A thesis statement is:
The statement of the authors position on a topic or subject.
Clear, concise, and goes beyond fact or observation to become an idea that needs to be supported
Often a statement of tension, where the auth
All About Counterarguments
So, youve been assigned a paper about counterarguments
Or, maybe a paper that just requires you to think about the opposition to your argument. Never fear! Counterarguments can help you to understand better your own argument. Th
Scientists Seek Moratorium on Edits
to Human Genome That Could Be
DEC. 3, 2015
An international group of scientists meeting in Washington called on
Thursday for what would, in effect, be a moratorium
Chinese Scientists Edit Genes of
Human Embryos, Raising Concerns
APRIL 23, 2015
The experiment with human embryos was dreaded, yet widely anticipated.
Scientists somewhere, researchers said, were trying to edit ge
Quotation, Paraphrase, Summary, & Analysis
The distinction between paraphrase, summary, and analysis is central to academic writing, especially for
assignments that require critical responses to sources. Paraphrase, summary, and analysis are important
Commas, Colons, and Semicolons
When and how to use commas:
Commas indicate direct quoted speech:
He said, Lets go, and we did.
He said we should go, and we did.
Commas go inside quotation marks:
He had heard about oleo, but he didnt know what it was.
Parallel structure means that the same pattern of wording is used throughout a sentence to show that
ideas have equal weight in the sentence.
A sentence with parallel structure is:
o "Today, I bought eggs, milk, and sugar."
Extinct Species Should Stay Extinct: Why We Shouldnt Depend on
Technology to Turn Back the Clock
By Ben A. Minteer
For a species thats been dead for a century, the passenger pigeon is having a pretty
good year. A flurry of new books, features, and a majo
Transitions are the bridges between parts of your paper. They help to create both coherence and
cohesion in a paper (aka flow), and they encourage the reader to make the connections between the
writers ideas in the way that the writer intends.
Revising a piece of your own writing is more than just fixing errorsthat's editing, which you should do
after you revise.
Revising involves re-seeing your essay from the eyes of a reader who can't read your mind, i.e., being
unsatisfied until you
Revising & Editing Checklist
Higher Order Revision Concerns:
1. What is the writers position (thesis/controlling idea)?
a. Identify places in the text where the writers position is stated and
b. How clearly expressed is that position?
A Scientific Ethical Divide Between
China and West
JUNE 29, 2015
BEIJING China is spending hundreds of billions of dollars annually in an
effort to become a leader in biomedical research, building scores o
Definite and Indefinite Articles
To decide if or what articles you need before a noun, ask yourself:
Is the noun?
Proper (a name of a
particular person, place,
Examples: Sarah Jones,
Virginia, George Mason
Introductions & Conclusions for Humanities Papers
What is the purpose of an introduction in the Humanities field?
An introduction is often compared to a funnel that begins broadly by contextualizing the topic and then narrows
down to the th
A Stealthy De-Extinction Startup
By Antonio Regalado
19 March 2013
By reviving lost species, a new company could put a warm and fuzzy face on advanced
Two of biotechnologys most prolific and far-sighted researchers say the
How to Edit Your Own Essay:
A Checklist for ESL Students
1. Ask yourself, What mistakes do I make most often? If you are not sure, start to keep an error
log. An error log is a written record that helps you keep track of the errors you repeatedly make in
Research Ethics Informed Consent & Reporting
What information should you provide to your participants?
As a general rule, information should cover what a potential participant needs to know in order
to give fully informed consent. You should inclu
The Ethics of Scientific Research
Experimentation on animals for cosmetic research; biological and chemical
weapons research; medical experimentation with human subjects; cloning;
and stem cell research-these areas of scientific research fuel the ethical
Useful Language for Debates & Discussions
Use the following phrases to manage your interaction.
You didnt hear
Sorry, I missed what you said about Would you say it again, please?
Sorry, I didnt catch that. Would you repeat it, please?
George Church: De-Extinction Is a Good Idea
Reviving mammoths and other extinct creatures is a good idea
By George Church 20 August 2013
In its June issue Scientific American published an essay stating emphatically that
reanimating species such as w
Why Efforts to Bring Extinct Species Back from the Dead Miss the Point
A project to revive long-gone species is a sideshow to the real extinction crisis
May 14, 2013
We will get woolly mammoths back.
So vowed environmentalist Stewart Brand
Prepositions cause much trouble for non-native speakers of English and are a particularly difficult part of language learning.
The best way for English language learners to overcome the difficulties with prepositions in idiomatic usage is thr
Crime & Punishment Thought Experiments
Read carefully the following scenarios. Although they were not written specifically with an
application of DNA & cloning technology in mind, how might a modern researcher apply the latest
technological developments t
Cohesion and Coherence
A well-organized paper uses techniques to build cohesion and coherence within and between paragraphs
to guide the reader through the paper by connecting ideas, building details, and strengthening the
argument. Although transitions a