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Developmental Constraints and Evolution: A Perspective from the Mountain Lake Conference on Development and Evolution
Developmental constraints (defined as biases on the production of variant phenotypes or limitations on phenotypic variability caused by the structure, character, composition, or dynamics of theExpand
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How the choice of experimental organism matters: Epistemological reflections on an aspect of biological practice
  • R. Burian
  • Medicine
  • Journal of the history of biology
  • 1993
En biologie, le choix de l'organisme etudie et les techniques utilisees ont un impact serieux sur l'evaluation et sur l'evolution des travaux de recherche. Quelle est l'importance de l'echec d'un telExpand
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The Dilemma of Case Studies Resolved: The Virtues of Using Case Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science
  • R. Burian
  • Sociology
  • Perspectives on Science
  • 1 December 2001
Philosophers of science turned to historical case studies in part in response to Thomas Kuhn's insistence that such studies can transform the philosophy of science. In this issue Joseph Pitt arguesExpand
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On Conceptual Change in Biology: The Case of the Gene
The current situation in philosophy of science generally, and in philosophy of biology in particular, is most unsatisfactory. There are at least three general problems that many philosophers thoughtExpand
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Exploratory experimentation and the role of histochemical techniques in the work of Jean Brachet, 1938-1952.
  • R. Burian
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • History and philosophy of the life sciences
  • 1997
Les travaux de recherche de Jean Brachet sur la localisation des acides nucleiques dans la cellule sont decrits a partir de methodes physiques experimentales empruntees a la cytologie, la biochimie,Expand
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Molecular epigenesis, molecular pleiotropy, and molecular gene definitions.
  • R. Burian
  • Biology, Medicine
  • History and philosophy of the life sciences
  • 2004
Recent work on gene concepts has been influenced by recognition of the extent to which RNA transcripts from a given DNA sequence yield different products in different cellular environments. TheseExpand
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Creating Green Chemistry: Discursive Strategies of a Scientific Movement
Creating Green Chemistry: Discursive Strategies of a Scientific Movement Jody A. Roberts In this dissertation, I examine the evolution of the green chemistry movement from its inception in the earlyExpand
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The singular fate of genetics in the history of French biology, 1900–1940
ConclusionIn this study we have examined the reception of Mendelism in France from 1900 to 1940, and the place of some of the extra-Mendelian traditions of research that contributed to theExpand
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The French school of genetics: from physiological and population genetics to regulatory molecular genetics.
French genetics had unusual beginnings. There are clear indications that the French biological establishment resisted Mendelian genetics strenuously from about 1910 to 1940. From about 1930 to 1950Expand
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