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The information contained in your biology textbook has been gleaned from studies conducted by

biologists and published in peer-reviewed journals. For the undergraduate students, I expect that
you have yet to encounter any of the ‘primary’ literature upon which our studies have been
based. The goal of this assignment is to exposure you to research that comes from the primary
literature. The primary literature source that we will use is the Journal of Experimental Biology.
Here is how this journal describes itself:

Journal of Experimental Biology is the leading journal in comparative animal physiology.

It publishes papers on the form and function of living organisms at all levels of biological
organisation, from the molecular and subcellular to the integrated whole animal. It plays a
major role in increasing cross-fertilisation of techniques and knowledge across
specialisation boundaries. Our authors and readers reflect a broad interdisciplinary group
of scientists who study molecular, cellular and organismal physiology in an evolutionarily
and environmentally based context.

From this description, you can see that this is a journal that focuses on comparative physiology,
the topic of our course.

For the assignment, you will have to pick an article from JEB, read it, and fill out the literature
review form below.

You can gain access to JEB by going to the following web link: Your
goal is to find a paper that interests you and covers one of the broad areas of animal physiology
that we covered in during this portion of class. To find an article, go to the journals website and
begin a search for title/abstract. As examples I conducted searches on the following keywords:
hormones  1049 articles; heart rate  304 articles. I am leaving the topic open to your choice
in the hopes that you will find something that interests you. You will not have access to this past
years papers, but all other papers should be available to you. I would suggest that you pick a
paper that was published between 2009 to 2018. DO NOT PURCHASE AN ARTICLE. If you
want one that costs money, let me know and I can get it to you.

Once you have found a paper, print it out and read it. You may have to read it more than once to
understand it. Then fill out the Literature Review Form provided below. The literature review
form has been made to help guide you through your reading of scientific articles and to help you
summarize the findings of the paper.

The literature review form MUST be typed and all the information MUST BE IN YOUR OWN
WORDS. You cannot copy the abstract and expect to get credit. You will turn the literature
review in at the course website at

Good luck.

Dr. Dzialowski
Name: __________________________________________

1. Article Title:
2. Date of Review: __________________
3. Authors Names: ____________________________
4. Summary of literature (less than 150 words and not the abstract):

5. How does this article apply to what we have studies so far?

6. What methodology was used in the article?

7. Pick one of the most important figures from the paper. Using your own words describe
the data and their relationships and what they mean in the context of the hypothesis of the
paper. Include the figure.
8. What conclusions were drawn from this experiment?

9. Where there any problems or concerns you had with the study?

10. If you were doing this research, what would be your next set of experiments?