In 2017, Peter Kerpedjiev and Nature magazine compiled a list of the 10 most popular genes in the human genome based on the number of publications that described the structure, function or location of a gene or the protein it encodes.
Researchers and organizations, such as the National Institutes of Health, are discovering new information about genes every day. So depending on the selection criteria, the top ten list changes all the time. Your assignment is to report on news about a human gene. Identify the criteria that you have used to decide that the gene is popular. It could be because many studies are being done on the gene, or it could be because the gene, its product, or a defect in the gene has affected you personally.
Here’s a clue on how to find a “news” article on a human gene, try this:
- Go to the GenAge Human Gene website (http://genomics.senescence.info/genes/allgenes.php (Links to an external site.)), another human gene website, or Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_human_genes (Links to an external site.)) for a list of human genes.
- Select one of the genes from either of these lists.
- Go to “GOOGLE” and enter the gene you have selected; for instance, for BRCA1, enter “BRCA1 gene”
- Then select “News” under the GOOGLE subheadings. The news articles will be dated, so make sure you select an article that is within 90 days old.
The requirements of this assignment are to research and review one article or report on the specified topic or issue related to Biology indicated; then write a summary on the article. Additional information on writing a journal (or newspaper) review or summary can be found in the attachments to these instructions (Journal Review.docx and WRITING A SUMMARY.docx). Your report should be organized as follows:
- Title of the article or report pertaining to the specific topic for the week
- Author of article
- Source of article or report: including the name of periodical, newspaper, or other media resource. Include the edition/number for periodicals and “URL” for online resources. “Wikipedia,” other encyclopedias, textbooks, and abstracts of articles are not approved sources. (The source must be valid, as I will check the source).
- Date of article (this is absolutely required)
- “Your summary” in “your own” 200 words or less discussing and/or explaining what the article is about.
- Make sure you read the attached files on “Writing a Journal Review” and “Writing Summaries.”
- The summary should not express your personal views about the author but should provide an objective summary of the facts presented in the article; therefore, do not use first person (i.e., I, me or we) in your summary.In this summary you are to
- discuss (consider as many important elements related to the issue as you can)
- explain (tell about something that is complex in a way that makes it clear)
- Since the summary should be “in your own words,” avoid directly quoting material from the article, unless absolutely necessary to characterize what the article is about. Also, be mindful of plagiarism.
This week’s topic is Popular Genes in the Human Genome. The summary should be on an article that addresses one popular human gene and why it is popular. Be sure to identify the gene.
- The article submitted for the week must be on the specified biology topic or issue listed for the week. The article should come from a source that provides “new” information; therefore, it should not simply define the topic or provide background information that has long been established. See “Biology News Sources” under Important Course Information on the HOME PAGE for some websites that offer current biology news articles. The publication date of the article MUST be CURRENT or within 90 days of the assignment due date. Weekly Assignments/Reports will be evaluated based upon the degree of completion and correctness. .