Book ID: CBB035364586

The Black Box of Biology: A History of the Molecular Revolution (2020)


Morange, Michel (Author)
Cobb, Matthew (Translator)

Cobb, Matthew
Harvard University Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 528
Language: English

In this masterful account, a historian of science surveys the molecular biology revolution, its origin and continuing impact.Since the 1930s, a molecular vision has been transforming biology. Michel Morange provides an incisive and overarching history of this transformation, from the early attempts to explain organisms by the structure of their chemical components, to the birth and consolidation of genetics, to the latest technologies and discoveries enabled by the new science of life. Morange revisits A History of Molecular Biology and offers new insights from the past twenty years into his analysis.The Black Box of Biology shows that what led to the incredible transformation of biology was not a simple accumulation of new results, but the molecularization of a large part of biology. In fact, Morange argues, the greatest biological achievements of the past few decades should still be understood within the molecular paradigm. What has happened is not the displacement of molecular biology by other techniques and avenues of research, but rather the fusion of molecular principles and concepts with those of other disciplines, including genetics, physics, structural chemistry, and computational biology. This has produced decisive changes, including the discoveries of regulatory RNAs, the development of massive scientific programs such as human genome sequencing, and the emergence of synthetic biology, systems biology, and epigenetics.Original, persuasive, and breathtaking in its scope, The Black Box of Biology sets a new standard for the history of the ongoing molecular revolution.

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Authors & Contributors
Kranke, Nina
Fabrizio Rufo
Saulnier, Katie Michelle
Joly, Yann
Suporas, Charles
Serra, Roberto
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Social Studies of Science
Science in Context
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Biological Theory
Duke University Press
Troubador Publishing
Arizona State University
Oxford University Press
Harvard University Press
Molecular biology
Systems biology
Waddington, Conrad Hal
Lysenko, Trofim Denisovich
Loeb, Jacques
Crick, Francis
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
19th century
Edinburgh (Scotland)
Human Genome Project

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