The Tools of Science: The Handbook for the Apprentice of Biomedical Research

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World Scientific, 2011 - Science - 218 pages
This book aims to provide useful tips for the understanding of scientific research processes and practical advice for people engaged in this field. It is a reflection of the author's more than 40 years of experience in medical and cancer research, and is written in a colloquial style to reach not only the young audience who are considering devoting their lives to biomedical research, but also to those who are already engaged in this field. The author emphasizes the unique traits and qualifications required for performing scientific research and also describes the different modalities which can be performed in our actual scientific environment. There are numerous practical advices in this book, such as guidelines on writing a grant proposal and the first peer-reviewed manuscript, the selection criteria of the training laboratory and mentors, as well as keeping records of experimental data. The author also provides his insight on the personal inner drive and motivation critical for conducting scientific research, as well as the importance of working on a problem without losing the human perspective of this specific and unique human endeavor.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Profile of a Scientific Researcher Per scientiam ad sapientiam
1
Chapter 2 Research Ideas
23
Chapter 3 The Paper
51
Chapter 4 The Grant Application
85
Chapter 5 What is a Research Laboratory?
133
Chpater 6 Interactive Groups in Scientific Research
147
Chapter 7 Laboratory Protocol Books
159
Chapter 8 The Ten Fatal Mistakes
173
Chpater 9 What is Expected of the Scientific Apprentice?
189
Chapter 10 Reflections
195
Index
207
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