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Paul 12345
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scientific discourse

 hello, I need some brainstorm for my MA paper on cognitive linguistic. I have graduated biotechnology and now I am working on "informal language" in scientific discourse. It concerns such phrases like 'junk dna', 'gene knock out' etc. If you have some others examples on mind please write. I would be very gratefull. 

Jon Moulton
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 I think gene knockout is

 I think gene knockout is formal, a defined term acceptable in a paper.  Perhaps I am misunderstanding how you are using the term "informal language".  I think of an informal usage as something like using PCR as a verb:  "We PCRed it but got two bands...".   Certainly there are other informal terms that find their way into descriptions of experimental work, such as for example "bass-ackwards" or "cattywhampus".  More such examples might quickly become too colorful for a family forum ;)   I suppose there are some common contractions, such as "go UV spec the sample".  What about "run a gel"?  That's not the verb I'd use in a paper.  I hope you get some general interest in this thread, I'd like to see more examples.

jyoti.sharma.s
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I think "DNA ladder" can also

I think "DNA ladder" can also be an example of what you are looking for.

jyoti.sharma.s
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'Cell compartments','Cell

'Cell compartments','Cell Signal' 'Cell bank' or banking of cells and 'Natural killer' can be some other examples.