Tips for Tracking Mutations

February 27, 2014 | By | Reply More

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Are you going to be running a scientific experiment in which there are going to be mutations? If so, it is time to learn more about how to track and record those mutations as getting these records down will be very important. It helps you to get results that can then be studied at a later date to see if certain mutations were more common and even if some could be expected under those conditions, which allows you to see how the specimens reacted and what you can do to get a similar reaction in the future.

mutation detectionThe most important thing to do is to take very specific notes. When using the mutation detection machines, write down everything that they tell you as soon as you get the data. You may even want to use an audio recorder so that you can just state for the microphone what you are seeing as you continue on with the experiment. This way, you do not have to pause and take notes when things are time-sensative, and you do not risk leaving out details by trying to take notes at the end. You can just transcribe the audio into written notes when you are done.

Another thing to think about is taking photos of the results that can go along with your notes. It is easier for a future scientist who is studying your work to know exactly what you were seeing if he can see it for himself, all while reading your account.

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