GGG291 History of Genetics Seminar

Some questions that might help us to think about the scientific papers to be read in this class:

1, What was thought to be true before the study was undertaken?

2. What specific hypotheses were tested in the study?

3. What data were taken and were they appropriate?

4. What was the conclusion of the study?

5. What did the author(s) think they learned that advanced general knowledge?

6. If background material is available, how was the study evaluated by other biologists of the time?

7. How has our knowledge about the problem evolved since the paper was published?

A few suggestions for presenting an effective 25'-30' talk:

1. At the beginning of each talk, there should be a brief and very specific statement, no more than 5 minutes, that describes the topic and papers in terms of hypothesis tested, why the hypothesis was worth testing at the time, a general overview of the methods, and the main conclusions.

2. The body of the presentation should emphasize the most significant results from each paper.

3. At the end of the talk, the conclusions and their significance should be restated. The conclusions should be placed in the context of how the research increased advanced the field of genetics.

4. Finally, list a few topics for that the class might discuss. These could be points of controversy, alternative interpretations of the data, relevance to other areas of genetics, broader lessons or impacts, etc.