WHAT'S WHAT: Old Dominion's Kerry Kilburn found a notebook to be useful in explaining to a grad student how to analyze data she collected.
"Scientists maintain notebooks to refer to previous experimental procedures and data-it allows for reproducing protocols and results without reinventing the wheel," says Steven Lazar, senior patent counsel at Genetics Institute Inc. in Cambridge, Mass. Notebooks also are crucial to establish intellectual-property ownership. "Documents provide proof of progress, invention, and having met an objective," notes Joseph O. Falkinham, III, a professor of biology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. "There is also a new scrutiny in science. Any statement must be backed up by...
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