Presentations should address at least these basic questions:
What are the most important pieces of background information that set the context of the paper ? What key scientific question(s) were the investigators trying to answer ? What methods did they use ? What are the important advantages and disadvantages of these methods ? What was the design of the experiment(s) ? What results did they obtain ? Did they succeed in answering the original questions ? Are there broader implications of their findings ? How might you improve upon the experiments ?
To focus the discussion, choose 2-4 figures that demonstrate the major findings of the paper.
It may be helpful to display these figures on the screen via Powerpoint or a transparency.