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Below each of the Scientific Journal Articles you will find "Read 1000 Science Stories Buttons".  After you have read the PDF versions of each Scientific Journal Article, please click each button to add to your reading tally.

We believe these articles are very important and a great educational tool.  For this reason, we have assigned more than one button to each article. 

The articles may sound intimidating, but they are quite easy to understand.

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Read Your First Scientific Journal Article!

Scientists publish their discoveries in academic journals.  Academic articles are peer reviewed which means they are read and approved by other scientists before they are published.  This is important because it means experts have reviewed the experimental methods, the evidence obtained, and the conclusions the writer has reached.  While this does not absolutely assure the conclusion is true, it helps make science more accurate and opens the door for debate and affirmation by the scientific community.

Reading a good scientific article can be interesting and enlightening.  Unfortunately, many papers use so many big words that they seem unreadable.  Beware also of scientific writing that spends most of the paper defending perceived criticism, such that any discovery becomes an afterthought rather than the point of the article.  Papers written in these styles tend to be ignored, even though they might contain valuable information.

But don’t be intimidated – many classically written academic papers are surprisingly easy to follow and contain enlightening and inspiring work.  It is exciting to read the first scientific article announcing a monumental discovery that can save lives.  We present very readable articles, beginning with Karl Landsteiner’s announcement of the discovery of blood groups (that led to blood transfusions) and Frederick Banting’s paper breaking the news of the wonders of insulin (giving life to diabetics). 

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Karl Landsteiner
Discovery of Blood Groups
Frederick Banting
Discovery of Insulin
About Landsteiner's Article About Banting's Article
PDF of Landsteiner's Original Article PDF of Banting's Article
Landsteiner's Reader's Guide Banting's Reader's Guide
Remembrance from Landsteiner's Colleague .
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