General Format: Length: 2-3 pages, single spaced, 12pt. type. Use 1 inch margins
General Format: Length: 2-3 pages, single spaced, 12pt. type. Use 1 inch margins and be sure to print page numbers One figure or illustration that summarizes the key finding(s) of the discussed paper. This figure should be your own illustration, not a figure from the primary paper. Add a list of cited references (usually between 3-5 articles, including the principle paper) (attached as a PDF below) Your writing assignment will be to compose the type of article represented by the "News and Views" section found in several journals printed by the Nature publishing group. These articles are intended to highlight the significance of experimental findings from one or more of the research papers published in the same issue. They are written for other biologists, to help keep them abreast of progress being made outside of their specific field of expertise. Implicit is the assumption that all biologists come to the table with a certain level of knowledge and understanding of other fields. What does this mean for you as a scientific writer? It means that while you don't have to explain basic biology terms (i.e. DNA, cells, receptors, etc.), you do have to avoid using field-specific jargon. This can be a fine balancing act and hard to pull off successfully the first time around. Ask your professor for guidance while you prepare your initial draft. You will select one primary literature article from the list provided on the course Moodle page. These papers represent work in fields of biology that have been published in recent years. Your task is to write a "News and Views" perspective of the work. What information is typically covered in this type of science writing? There are three major areas that you will need to cover. The first is context; What is the specific field of biology that the research falls under and what were the thoughts prior to the publication in question? This would typically be covered by you in the initial section of your paper. In this introductory section, consider what previous publications directly lead to the findings in your primary article. These are refernces that you would find referenced within your primary paper as well. Next is the article's content; What findings presented in the article are newsworthy in the field? You will not want to discuss every piece of data in your news article. You need to instead identify the "big result." Finally, article impact and potential follow up research; Is the "big result" solid? Is there any controversy in the field that arose from the findings in question? How does this publication affect the way we think about this specific area of cell biology? What future experiments does the work suggest?

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