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The chemical characterization of the gene: vicissitudes of evidential assessment.

@article{Stegenga2011TheCC,
  title={The chemical characterization of the gene: vicissitudes of evidential assessment.},
  author={Jacob Stegenga},
  journal={History and philosophy of the life sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={33 1},
  pages={
          105-27
        }
}
  • J. Stegenga
  • Published 2011
  • Psychology
  • History and philosophy of the life sciences
The chemical characterization of the substance responsible for the phenomenon of "transformation" of pneumococci was presented in the now famous 1944 paper by Avery, MacLeod, and McCarty. Reception of this work was mixed. Although interpreting their results as evidence that deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is the molecule responsible for genetic changes was, at the time, controversial, this paper has been retrospectively celebrated as providing such evidence. The mixed and changing assessment of the… 
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