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Type: Journal article
Title: Detecting themes and variations: The use of cases in developmental biology
Author: Ankeny, R.
Citation: Philosophy of Science, 2012; 79(5):644-654
Publisher: Univ Chicago Press
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0031-8248
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Rachel A. Ankeny
Abstract: This article unpacks a particular use of ‘cases’ within developmental biology, namely as a means of describing the typical or canonical patterns of phenomena. The article explores how certain cases have come to be established within the field and argues that although they were initially selected for reasons of convenience or ease of experimental manipulation, these cases come to serve as key reference points within the field because of the epistemological structures imposed on them by the scientists using them and, hence, become usable in a wider variety of circumstances including future theory development.
Rights: Copyright 2012 by the Philosophy of Science Association. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020123344
DOI: 10.1086/667903
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