Avery's "Neurotic Reluctance"

  title={Avery's "Neurotic Reluctance"},
  author={Arthur M. Diamond},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  pages={137 - 150}
  • A. Diamond
  • Published 1982
  • Medicine
  • Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
In this short article, Diamond took exception to the claims of Stephen Toulmin and others that Avery was too cautious in identifying deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) with genes. 
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  • N. Russell
  • Sociology, Medicine
    British journal for the history of science
  • 1988
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  • Eleonora Cresto
  • Philosophy, Medicine
    Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences
  • 2008
In this paper I present a model of rational belief change, and I show how to use it to obtain a better insight into the debate about the nature of pneumococcal transformation, genes and DNA that took
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