Guidelines for choosing the topic for research paper


Guidelines for choosing the topic for research paper/presentation

The disease chosen should be caused to a mutation, deletion, or overproduction of a single enzyme.

The normal functions of this enzyme should be known

Disease that have a multiple causes should not be chosen

The chosen disease should be well studied so that sufficient information about the causes of the disease documented

It is the students responsibility to do some preliminary research in order to determine if there is enough information known about a disease to write a complete paper

An example of a good topic is sickle cell anemia

This disease is caused by a mutation in a single protein – hemoglobin. The functions of normal hemoglobin as well as the mutated hemoglobin are well studied and much is known about the disease.

An example of a bad topic is Down’s syndrome.

This disease/ syndrome is caused when a third copy of the 21st chromosome is present. The disease/syndrome is caused by the overproduction of a large number of proteins and has a wide range of symptoms.

Other examples of bad topics (the causes are not well known or they are to broad):

Multiple sclerosis

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Muscular Dystrophy

Parkinson’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease

Heart Attack and Stroke


Huntingdon’s Disease

The topic should be unique to this class and cannot be a topic that was used for a paper or presentation in any other class. Students that “recycle” a paper will receive a grade of zero on the paper and presentation. Also, students repeating this class must choose a new topic.

Each student should email three appropriate topics to the professor in case another student has already chosen his or her first or second choice.