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How Biologists Conceptualize Genes: An empirical study

Stotz, Karola and Griffiths, Paul E. and Knight, Rob (2004) How Biologists Conceptualize Genes: An empirical study. [Preprint]

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Philosophers and historians of biology have argued that genes are conceptualized differently in different fields of biology and that these differences influence both the conduct of research and the interpretation of research by audiences outside the field in which the research was conducted. In this paper we report the results of a questionnaire study of how genes are conceptualized by biological scientists at the University of Sydney, Australia. The results provide tentative support for some hypotheses about conceptual differences between different fields of biological research.

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Item Type: Preprint
Stotz, Karola
Griffiths, Paul E.
Knight, Rob
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Keywords: gene conceptual change molecular biology Gene-D Gene-P
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Professor Paul Edmund Griffiths
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2004
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 17:34
Item ID: 2127

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