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A Guide to the Crews Laboratory
This laboratory is recognized nationally and internationally as a
center of excellence in research in comparative behavioral neuroendocrinology.
Productivity as measured by publications in refereed journals and
books has been high since the Crews Lab was established at the University
of Texas in 1982. There is no reason to doubt that this trend will
Do not be intimidated by the content or length of this document.
These are not the rigid rules of a dictatorship or fiefdom. Instead,
it is my answer to the problem of communicating protocols, both procedural
and intellectual, in a large scientific research laboratory. For example,
ideas are intellectual property of which we all feel justifiably possessive.
Because of this tendency, it is very easy to occasionally misunderstand
others in the laboratory. This scenario is often caused by unfamiliarity
with established laboratory procedure.
In the past I relied on verbally transmitting this type of information.
Inevitably, though, I forgot to communicate certain things to new
lab members; exactly what was left out varied. These inadvertent deletions
were usually the source of later misunderstandings. To combat this,
I started to develop a guide to laboratory procedures in 1987. What
you are reading is the latest edition of this manual. As issues have
arisen, the manual has been changed and updated. If new issues arise
that are not dealt with already in the manual, it would be helpful
to me if you bring them to my attention. The policies described herein
are founded on my own experiences as an undergraduate, graduate student,
postdoctoral fellow, and faculty member. They are not infallible.
While the formulation of a Lab Manual has not been without
problems, it has withstood the test of time.