Article ID: CBB001510334

Model Organisms in Evo-Devo: Promises And Pitfalls of the Comparative Approach (2014)


Minelli, Alessandro (Author)
Baedke, Jan (Author)

History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Volume: 36, no. 1
Issue: 1
Pages: 42-59

Publication Date: 2014
Edition Details: Part of a series: In vitro, In vivo, In silico: Models in Contemporary Biomedicine
Language: English

Evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) is a rapidly growing discipline whose ambition is to address questions that are of relevance to both evolutionary biology and developmental biology. This field has been increasingly progressing as a new and independent comparative science. However, we argue that evo-devo's comparative approach is challenged by several metaphysical, methodological and socio-disciplinary issues related to the foundation of heuristic functions of model organisms and the possible criteria to be adopted for their selection. In addition, new tools have to be developed to deal with newly chosen model organisms. Therefore, we present a modelling framework suitable to integrate data on individual variation into evo-devo studies on new model organisms and thus to compensate for current idealization practices deliberately suppressing variation.

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Authors & Contributors
Love, Alan Christopher
Olsson, Lennart
Hossfeld, Uwe
Laubichler, Manfred Dietrich
Milam, Erika Lorraine
Carroll, Sean B.
Journal of the History of Biology
Biology and Philosophy
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
MIT Press
University of Pittsburgh
University of Chicago
University of Pittsburgh Press
Evolutionary developmental biology
Developmental biology
Darwin, Charles Robert
Franz, Victor
Hertwig, Oscar
Haeckel, Ernst
Severtsov, Alekesei Nikolaevich
Waddington, Conrad Hal
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
18th century
Great Britain

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