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Look at the following sentences from a paragraph about the therapeutic uses of garlic. Unfortunately the sentences are not in the correct order.

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Garlic has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (Aboul-Enein and Aboul-Enein, 2005), and possess anti-microbial (Sivam, 2001) and antioxidant properties (Imai et al., 1994). This essay will explore research into garlic's potential roles in reducing cancer risk and in treating cancer. Garlic (Allium sativum L.) has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. Its use for healing purposes can be traced back as far as 1550BC when documentations of its therapeutic use first appear in Egypt (Hassan, 2003; Rivlin, 2001). In modern times belief in the beneficial effects of garlic on health has led to it being used for a number of conditions.

Given what you now know about well-written paragraphs can you reorder the sentences to produce a good paragraph?

Garlic has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (Aboul-Enein and Aboul-Enein, 2005), and possess anti-microbial (Sivam, 2001) and antioxidant properties (Imai et al., 1994). This essay will explore research into garlic's potential roles in reducing cancer risk and in treating cancer. Garlic (Allium sativum L.) has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. Its use for healing purposes can be traced back as far as 1550BC when documentations of its therapeutic use first appear in Egypt (Hassan, 2003; Rivlin, 2001). In modern times belief in the beneficial effects of garlic on health has led to it being used for a number of conditions.

Check your version against this sample answer. Notice that the first sentence is the topic sentence.

Garlic (Allium sativum L.) has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. Its use for healing purposes can be traced back as far as 1550BC when documentations of its therapeutic use first appear in Egypt (Hassan, 2003; Rivlin, 2001). In modern times belief in the beneficial effects of garlic on health has led to it being used for a number of conditions. Garlic has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (Aboul-Enein and Aboul-Enein, 2005), and possess anti-microbial (Sivam, 2001) and antioxidant properties (Imai et al., 1994). This essay will explore research into garlic's potential roles in reducing cancer risk and in treating cancer.

Look at the following extract from an essay on cystic fibrosis.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the most common genetic disorders. CF is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait and a defective gene causes the body to produce an abnormal amount of very thick, sticky mucus which clogs the lungs and pancreas, interfering with breathing and digestion. This mucus builds up in the breathing passages in the lungs and the pancreas and respiratory complications develop from the blockage of the bronchial passages. Eventually, the cilia which are responsible for clearing the mucus are destroyed. In addition, the mucus traps bacteria which cause infections and permanent damage to the lungs, and may also block the ducts of the pancreas which contains enzymes necessary for the digestion of food.

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