Molecular Biology

[Revised entry by James Tabery, Monika Piotrowska, and Lindley Darden on April 20, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The field of molecular biology studies macromolecules and the
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[Revised entry by James Tabery, Monika Piotrowska, and Lindley Darden on April 20, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The field of molecular biology studies macromolecules and the macromolecular mechanisms found in living things, such as the molecular nature of the gene and its mechanisms of gene replication, mutation, and expression. Given the fundamental importance of these macromolecular mechanisms throughout the history of molecular biology, a philosophical focus on the concept of a mechanism generates the clearest picture of molecular biology's history, concepts, and case studies utilized by philosophers of science....

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