Gene

[Revised entry by Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Staffan Müller-Wille, and Robert Meunier on February 19, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] "There can be little doubt," philosopher and biochemist
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[Revised entry by Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Staffan Müller-Wille, and Robert Meunier on February 19, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] "There can be little doubt," philosopher and biochemist Lenny Moss claimed in 2003, "that the idea of 'the gene' has been the central organizing theme of twentieth century biology" (Moss 2003, xiii; cf. Keller 2000, 9). And yet it is clear that the science of genetics never provided one generally accepted definition of the gene. More than a hundred years of genetic research have rather resulted in the proliferation of a variety of gene concepts, which sometimes complement, sometimes contradict each other. Some philosophers and scientists have tried to...

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