I've devoted much thought over the years to the issue of how to make
the primary research literature accessible to naive readers such as undergraduate students.
Most of my ideas and strategies are summarized in an unpublished manuscript
Biology Journal Club for Engineering Students. A shorter summary is available in the form
of a handout from
the 2005 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Symposium at the University
Central to my approach is the creation of detailed study guides designed
with confused students in mind. Below are links to some of these study guides along with
the papers on which they are based. Some additional reading assignments created
for undergraduates working with me in the lab are posted to my
Student readings page.
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L. A. Castle et al., "Discovery and directed evolution of a glyphosate tolerance gene,"
Science 304: 1151-4, 2004.
PubMed ID #15155947;
M. B. Elowitz and S. Leibler, "A synthetic oscillatory network of transcriptional regulators,"
Nature 403: 335-338, 2000.
PubMed ID #10659856;
W. Gilbert and B. Muller-Hill, "The lac operator is DNA,"
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA
58: 2415-2421, 1967.
PubMed ID #4873589;
V. M. Ingram, "Gene mutations in haemoglobin: the chemical difference between normal and
sickle-cell haemoglobin," Nature 180: 326-328, 1957.
PubMed ID #13464827;
E. R. Kandel, "Calcium and the control of synaptic strength by learning,"
Nature 293: 697-700, 1981.
PubMed ID #7290207;
K. P. Lemon and A. D. Grossman, "Localization of bacterial DNA polymerase: evidence for a factory model of replication,"
Science 282: 1516-1519, 1998.
PubMed ID #9822387;
S. L. Lindstedt et al., "Limitations to aerobic performance in mammals: interaction of structure and demand,"
International Journal of Sports Medicine 9: 210-217, 1988.
PubMed ID #3410627;
H.-R. Luscher et al., "How the size of motoneurones determines their susceptibility to discharge,"
Nature 282: 859-861, 1979.
PubMed ID #229426;
G. J. Lutz and L. C. Rome, "Built for jumping: the design of the frog muscular system,"
Science 263: 370-372, 1994.
PubMed ID #8278808;
F. Sanger et al., "DNA sequencing with chain-terminating inhibitors,"
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 74: 5463-5467, 1977.
PubMed ID #271968;