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Required class for 1st yr MCB students. Group discussions of published papers over a wide range of topics.
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Class limited to 1st Yr students in the UW/FHCRC Molecular and Cellular Biology Ph.D. program.

Meets on Wednesdays from 4-5PM in room B1-072/074 at the FHCRC during winter and spring quarters


Mission of Lit Review

The purpose of Lit Review is to provide a venue for the first year MCB class to come together once a week to focus on the primary literature surrounding a particular topic. The major emphasis of the sessions is to understand how the hypotheses of the paper are derived and then tested.  An additional purpose of Lit Review is to give students practice leading a discussion section.

The class will collaborate on the discussion and analysis of scientific questions in molecular and cellular biology and learn how to evaluate a range of topics that span the interests of the group.

There will be 6 themes/topics this year: (1) Aging and mitochodrial dysfunction; (2) Gene targeting for GMOs/gene therapy; (3) Mobile genetic elements; (4) Ebola and other emerging diseases; (5) Non-coding RNAs; and (6) Stem cells and cancer stem cells. Each theme will be introduced by a faculty member who will lead a discussion of a paper. Subsequent papers will be chosen by 1st Yr MCB students who will also lead the discussion in the following sessions on that topic.




Ground Rules

Ground Rules

1. The papers will be made available for download from this website. There will only be one paper per session to analyze and discuss, but an additional 'Perspective' may be provided for background.

2. The presenters of each lit review assignment may post one or more question(s) or comments to guide you in your reading.

3. Everyone should prepare some questions about the paper and/or comments you would like to discuss. The major emphasis here is on the ideas in the papers, so don't get too hung up on the techniques or the figure layouts.

4. You should plan on reading the paper very thoroughly. Come ready to discuss the paper and be prepared to be asked about it.

---Skipping literature review will not be taken kindly.---


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