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Multilevel Research Strategies and Biological Systems

Maureen A. O’Malley, Ingo Brigandt, Alan C. Love, John W. Crawford, Jack A. Gilbert, Rob Knight, Sandra D. Mitchell and Forest Rohwer
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 81, No. 5 (December 2014), pp. 811-828
DOI: 10.1086/677889
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/677889
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Multilevel Research Strategies and Biological Systems
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Abstract

Multilevel research strategies characterize contemporary molecular inquiry into biological systems. We outline conceptual, methodological, and explanatory dimensions of these multilevel strategies in microbial ecology, systems biology, protein research, and developmental biology. This review of emerging lines of inquiry in these fields suggests that multilevel research in molecular life sciences has significant implications for philosophical understandings of explanation, modeling, and representation.

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