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Developmental Constraints and Evolution: A Perspective from the Mountain Lake Conference on Development and Evolution
TLDR
This review distinguishes between "universal" and "local" constraints; it deals primarily with the latter, which apply to a limited range of taxa and can be broken even within the taxa to which they apply, though with varying degrees of difficulty.
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 tel
Molecular epigenesis, molecular pleiotropy, and molecular gene definitions.
  • R. Burian
  • Biology
    History and philosophy of the life sciences
  • 2004
TLDR
The results show that gene concepts in molecular biology do, and should, have both structural and functional components and show the need for a plurality of gene concepts and reveal fundamental difficulties in stabilizing gene concepts solely by reference to nucleotide sequence.
The Dilemma of Case Studies Resolved: The Virtues of Using Case Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science
  • R. Burian
  • Philosophy
    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 argues
On Conceptual Change in Biology: The Case of the Gene
TLDR
This chapter provides a preliminary report on a new approach to conceptual change, together with a sketch of its application to important biological subject matter, and offers some promise of providing satisfactory framework, compatible with scientific realism, for detailed, studies of particular scientific developments.
On microRNA and the need for exploratory experimentation in post-genomic molecular biology.
  • R. Burian
  • Biology
    History and philosophy of the life sciences
  • 2007
This paper is devoted to an examination of the discovery, characterization, and analysis of the functions of microRNAs, which also serves as a vehicle for demonstrating the importance of exploratory
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 early
The singular fate of genetics in the history of French biology, 1900–1940
TLDR
The reception of Mendelism in France from 1900 to 1940 is examined, and the place of some of the extra-Mendelian traditions of research that contributed to the development of genetics in France after World War II is examined.
The French school of genetics: from physiological and population genetics to regulatory molecular genetics.
TLDR
It is suggested that after that data French genetics slowly merged into the international mainstream as genetics has become a largely molecular discipline.
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