Normal development and experimental embryology: Edmund Beecher Wilson and Amphioxus.

  title={Normal development and experimental embryology: Edmund Beecher Wilson and Amphioxus.},
  author={James W E Lowe},
  journal={Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences},
  • James W E Lowe
  • Published 1 June 2016
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences
This paper concerns the concept of normal development, and how it is enacted in experimental procedures. To that end, I use an historical case study to assess the three ways in which normal development is and has been produced, used, and interpreted in the practice of experimental biology. I argue that each of these approaches involves different processes of abstraction, which manage biological variation differently. I then document the way in which Edmund Beecher Wilson, a key contributor to… 
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