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Monday, November 21, 2022

How not to write a Nature abstract

A friend recently posted a figure on Facebook that instructs authors in the correct way to prepare a summary paragraph (abstract) for publication in Nature. It uses a specific example and the advice is excellent [How to construct a Nature summary paragraph].

I thought it might be fun to annotate a different example so I randomly selected a paper on genomics to see how it compared. The one that popped up was An integrated encyclopedia of DNA elements in the human genome.

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SPARC said...

I guess the ENCODEists couldn't put anything in a more general context because they have not been aware that there were tons of publications that already addressed the questions they've claimed to answer. Alternatively, one has to assume that they deliberately withhold any such information.
BTW, recently the second onion genome has been published ( and the garlic genome will follow soon. Thus, they would have an opportunity to either link different numbers of genetic elements to functional differences between these species. Maybe Demski will join them and calculate the differences in complexity that should result from different genome sizes.