Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

'Get it Right'

The University of Birmingham's Mark Pallen says that, after frequently being asked to, he's tired of talking thesis. And so, over at his Pathogens: Genes and Genomes blog this week, Pallen puts forth some no-frills advice on how to write an acceptable PhD thesis. As a whole, Pallen says a PhD thesis should adhere to all stylistic rules — regarding "margin sizes, order of front material, and length of abstract," et cetera, he says — and should not be oppressively lengthy or alarmingly brief. ("Suspicions will be aroused if the thesis is too short — [fewer than] 200 pages — or too long — [more than] 300 pages," Pallen says.) He adds that "for the thesis as a whole and for each chapter, there should be a clear separation between the kind of material that belongs in the introduction, in the methods section, in the results section and in the discussion," and he discusses what content goes in those sections in detail. As for the thesis defense, a PhD candidate must "demonstrate knowledge and understanding of all the work that has been done, and the background to it," as well as on all relevant basic concepts in his or her field, Pallen says. He adds that since judgment committee's word is generally final and not able to be appealed, it's best to "get it right before you submit."

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge is weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.