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Lab Report Assignment Guidelines BIOZ 310 Genetics Laboratory 

Research Paper Topic:
Detecting Epigenetic Methylation in Arabidopsis thaliana 
As part of the ½ Writing Intensive (WI) requirement of the BIOZ310 course, students will write a laboratory report
on the three week consecutive lab experiment conducted using the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana. Clearly
identify and state the working research hypothesis of the experiment and justification for the experimental design.
Write all sections in the format that is consistent with a peer-reviewed journal manuscript entry. You should critique
your work yourself as you work through each section from the perspective of a reader. Ask yourself simple questions
such as “Does this make sense?â€_x009d_ or “If I knew nothing about this experiment, would I understand it from what I have
written?â€_x009d_ in order to test the clarity of your writing. 
For all assignments associated with the report, you must submit an electronic version. You will submit electronic
versions of report through Safe Assign on Blackboard. For electronic submission, you must submit your paper in a
word format (NOT PDF). Electronic copies are maintained in Safe Assign to identify possible instances of
plagiarism. If you are unable to post your assignment to Safe Assign due to size limitation, create a version without
figures and submit figureless version to Safe Assign prior to the deadlines AND send the full version directly to your
TA by email before due date. Duplicate paper copies of all assignments must be turned into your lab TA by the due
You may use the recommended texts for additional guidance: 
(Knisely, K., 2009 A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology, 3rd Edition. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Sunderland.
                A scientific paper should be as clear and succinct as possible.
                Heed Strunk and White’s dictum: “Omit needless words!”

Lab Report Assignment Guidelines BIOZ 310 Genetics Laboratory 

Research Paper Instructions
Part I: Style 
Editorial Style 
We will use the peer-reviewed journal GENETICS editorial style for this paper. This style conforms to The Chicago
Manual of Style (The University of Chicago Press) and Harbrace College Handbook (Harcourt) as interpreted and
modified by the editors and Dartmouth Journal Services. The copyeditors rely on a variety of supplementary
resources due to the diverse content of the journal: 
  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage 
  Mathematics into Type (American Mathematical Society) 
  Words into Type (Prentice Hall) 
  A Dictionary of Genetics (Oxford University Press) 
  Encyclopedia of Genetics (Academic Press) 
  Scientific Style and Format (Council of Science Editors) 

Papers must be: 
  Written in English with American spelling with correct grammar and punctuation. 
  Times New Roman font. 
  12-point type, double-spaced, 1inch margin throughout. 
  Each main section (Introduction, Results, ect.) is 12 point bold, left justified. 
  Each subsection is italicized 12 point font, left justified. 
  Marked with consecutive page numbers, beginning with the cover page. 
  Contain sections in the appropriate order: Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion
and Conclusions, Appendix. 

Lab Report Assignment Guidelines BIOZ 310 Genetics Laboratory 

Part II: Organization
You will turn in a First Draft for the following three sections which will be graded. You will then make corrections
and submit the entire paper  as one Final Draft by the due date. The First Draft sections must be turned into your TA
to be graded so that you can be provided with feedback throughout this process. The sections for which First Drafts
will be reviewed/graded are as follows: (Do not asked to review your first drafts before submission)
§ Introduction 
§ Methods and Materials 
§ Results 
Must complete following sections on your own: Title Page, Abstract, Discussion
Title Page 
The first page for BIOZ310 is your Title Page. 
The Title Page contains: 
  a short but descriptive running title of about 35 characters, including spaces. (You must create your own title
and not using Detecting Methylation of Arabidopsis, or will receive zero for the paper. 
  up to five key words or phrases, 
  the author’s name 

After the Title Page, your paper must be organized into the following sections in the order below. 
An article abstract is intended for people who may not read the entire paper, so it must stand on its own. Based on the
abstract, a reader will determine if the article is suitable for their needs. The abstract should be engaging, clear,
concise, must reflect the most important content of the article. abstract is the author’s opportunity to grab a reader’s
attention by getting right to the point of your research, experimental design, and place your work in context of the
field. Your abstract should: 
  provide a synopsis of the entire paper; 
  begin with the broad context of the study, followed by specific background for the study; 
  describe the purpose, methods and procedures, core findings and results, and conclusions of the study; 
  emphasize new or important aspects of the research; 
engage the broad readership – avoid using jargon; 
  be a single paragraph of less than 300 words; 
  contain the full name of the organism studied in a proper scientific format; 
  Not contain citations or abbreviations. 

Lab Report Assignment Guidelines BIOZ 310 Genetics Laboratory 

Scientific Name format: When you introduce any scientific for the first time (such as plants, cells, genes), you must
write the full name for the each section of the paper. For Arabidopsis thaliana, you must italicize name if you write
the full name. Abbreviation for the plant is A. thaliana or Arabidopsis. Make sure to mention Arabidopsis thaliana
before using A.thaliana or Arabidopsis. (NOTE: Arabidopsis thaliana or A. thaliana is italicized, but Arabidopsis is
The introduction sets the stage for the relevance of the work to the general reader and quickly narrows the reader’s
attention to the specific study. You must clearly state the scope and impact of your work. The introduction must be
organized from a broad to specific, guiding the readers to your objectives of the study. Do not provide history of each
topics. This is not a history class. 
State the purpose of the paper and research strategy adopted to answer the question. Do not confuse the introduction
with the other sections (results, discussion and conclusion). Always keep the sections separate to ensure that the
paper follows a logical flow from one section to the next. 
The last portion of this section describes the experimental design and hypothesis. 
  Identify the problem to be solved. What is the original observation? 
  Put the problem in perspective by providing context. Provide the reader with the main scientific publications on
which your work is based, citing a couple of original / important works, including and recent review articles. Be
careful not to include improper citations of references that are irrelevant to the work, or inappropriate judgments on
your own achievements. 
  Describe how you answered the question, i.e. a brief description of the experimental design. 
Identify your hypothesis and study objectives. Hypothesis and objectives must be clearly remarked at the end of
the introduction. 
Be concise and get to the point. You should keep the reader engaged. Never use more words than necessary and
don’t make this section into a long drawn out history lesson. You risk losing your reader and your grade will suffer.

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