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I am also in the biochemistry

I am also in the biochemistry lab that Leah and Moira talked about. I can understand why science papers published in journals like Nature or Cell or the JBC are tailored to other scientists in a specific field -- the purpose of the paper is to inform other scientists studying the same thing of new observations. It would be a waste of time for them to read an excessively long article that didn't even get at the details of the study. Sure, the details might not make any sense to someone not in that specific field of study, but that is probably because they have not spent years studying it in grad school or in a lab. So I can understand that science papers are written for a very specific audience, but that doesn't mean that others shouldn't be able to understand new observations as well. Maybe there should be scientists who are better at communicating to a broader audience who can translate the information into more accessible terms.

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