For example, "In order to learn the role of protein synthesis in early development of the sea urchin, newly fertilized embryos were pulse-labeled with tritiated leucine, to provide a time course of changes in synthetic rate, as measured by total counts per minute (cpm)." This sentence provides the overall question, methods, and type of analysis, all in one sentence.The writer can now go directly to summarizing the results.
A major goal of this course is the development of effective technical writing skills.
To help you become an accomplished writer, you will prepare several research papers based upon the studies completed in lab.
The abstract is the only text in a research paper to be written without using paragraphs in order to separate major points.
Approaches vary widely, however for our studies the following approach can produce an effective introduction.
Our research papers are not typical "lab reports." In a teaching lab a lab report might be nothing more than answers to a set of questions.
Such an assignment hardly represents the kind of writing you might be doing in your eventual career.
After all, how can you summarize something that is not yet written?
Economy of words is important throughout any paper, but especially in an abstract.
Your papers are to adhere to the form and style required for the Journal of Biological Chemistry, requirements that are shared by many journals in the life sciences.
Specific editorial requirements for submission of a manuscript will always supercede instructions in these general guidelines.