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  1. Sabina Leonelli (2014). Data Interpretation in the Digital Age. Perspectives on Science 22 (3):397-417.
    Scientific knowledge production is currently affected by the dissemination of data on an unprecedented scale. Technologies for the automated production and sharing of vast amounts of data have changed the way in which data are handled and interpreted in several scientific domains, most notably molecular biology and biomedicine. In these fields, the activity of data gathering has become increasingly technology-driven, with machines such as next generation genome sequencers and mass spectrometers generating billions of data points within hours, and with little (...)
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  2. Marcel Boumans & Sabina Leonelli (2013). Introduction: On the Philosophy of Science in Practice. [REVIEW] Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 44 (2):259-261.
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  3. Sabina Leonelli (2013). Classificatory Theory in Biology. Biological Theory 7 (4):338-345.
    Scientific classification has long been recognized as involving a specific style of reasoning and doing research, and as occasionally affecting the development of scientific theories. However, the role played by classificatory activities in generating theories has not been closely investigated within the philosophy of science. I argue that classificatory systems can themselves become a form of theory, which I call classificatory theory, when they come to formalize and express the scientific significance of the elements being classified. This is particularly evident (...)
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  4. Sabina Leonelli (2013). Integrating Data to Acquire New Knowledge: Three Modes of Integration in Plant Science. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 44 (4):503-514.
    This paper discusses what it means and what it takes to integrate data in order to acquire new knowledge about biological entities and processes. Maureen O’Malley and Orkun Soyer have pointed to the scientific work involved in data integration as important and distinct from the work required by other forms of integration, such as methodological and explanatory integration, which have been more successful in captivating the attention of philosophers of science. Here I explore what data integration involves in more detail (...)
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  5. Sabina Leonelli (2012). Classificatory Theory in Data-Intensive Science: The Case of Open Biomedical Ontologies. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 26 (1):47 - 65.
    Knowledge-making practices in biology are being strongly affected by the availability of data on an unprecedented scale, the insistence on systemic approaches and growing reliance on bioinformatics and digital infrastructures. What role does theory play within data-intensive science, and what does that tell us about scientific theories in general? To answer these questions, I focus on Open Biomedical Ontologies, digital classification tools that have become crucial to sharing results across research contexts in the biological and biomedical sciences, and argue that (...)
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  6. Sabina Leonelli (2012). Karen-Sue Taussig: Ordinary Genomes: Science, Citizenship and Genetic Identities. [REVIEW] Acta Biotheoretica 60 (3):319-322.
    Karen-Sue Taussig: Ordinary Genomes: Science, Citizenship and Genetic Identities Content Type Journal Article Category Book Review Pages 1-4 DOI 10.1007/s10441-012-9150-8 Authors Sabina Leonelli, Department of Sociology and Philosophy, ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society, University of Exeter, Exeter, Devon, UK Journal Acta Biotheoretica Online ISSN 1572-8358 Print ISSN 0001-5342.
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  7. Sabina Leonelli & Rachel A. Ankeny (2012). Re-Thinking Organisms: The Impact of Databases on Model Organism Biology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 43 (1):29-36.
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  8. Mark Newman, Raffaella Campaner, Maria Carla Galavotti, Open Biomedical Ontologies, Sabina Leonelli, Nathalie Gontier, Natural Kind Thingamajigs, Paul Needham & Alexander Bird (2012). International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Philosophy of Science 26 (1).
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  9. Rachel A. Ankeny & Sabina Leonelli (2011). Bioethics Authorship in Context: How Trends in Biomedicine Challenge Bioethics. American Journal of Bioethics 11 (10):22 - 24.
    The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 11, Issue 10, Page 22-24, October 2011.
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  10. Rachel A. Ankeny & Sabina Leonelli (2011). What's so Special About Model Organisms? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 42 (2):313-323.
    This paper aims to identify the key characteristics of model organisms that make them a specific type of model within the contemporary life sciences: in particular, we argue that the term “model organism” does not apply to all organisms used for the purposes of experimental research. We explore the differences between experimental and model organisms in terms of their material and epistemic features, and argue that it is essential to distinguish between their representational scope and representational target. We also examine (...)
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  11. Sabina Leonelli (2011). An Epistemology of the Concrete: Twentieth-Century Histories of Life. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 25 (4):420-422.
    International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Volume 25, Issue 4, Page 420-422, December 2011.
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  12. Sabina Leonelli & Rachel Ankeny (2011). What’s so Special About Model Organisms? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 42 (2):313-323.
    This paper aims to identify the key characteristics of model organisms that make them a specific type of model within the contemporary life sciences: in particular, we argue that the term “model organism” does not apply to all organisms used for the purposes of experimental research. We explore the differences between experimental and model organisms in terms of their material and epistemic features, and argue that it is essential to distinguish between their representational scope and representational target. We also examine (...)
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  13. Maureen A. O'Malley & Sabina Leonelli (2011). The Scientific Importance of Asking Questions at Meetings: Why Virtual Debate is Not Enough. Bioessays 33 (1):35-37.
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  14. Sabina Leonelli (2010). Documenting the Emergence of Bio-Ontologies: Or, Why Researching Bioinformatics Requires HPSSB. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 32 (1).
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  15. Henk W. de Regt, Sabina Leonelli & K. Eigner (2009). Focusing on Scientific Understanding. In Henk De Regt, Sabina Leonelli & Kai Eigner (eds.), Scientific Understanding: Philosophical Perspectives. University of Pittsburgh Press.
  16. Henk De Regt, Sabina Leonelli & Kai Eigner (eds.) (2009). Scientific Understanding: Philosophical Perspectives. University of Pittsburgh Press.
    The chapters in this book highlight the multifaceted nature of the process of scientific research.
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  17. David Etlin, Maarten Van Dyck, Phil Dowe, Julian Reiss, Thomas Ac Reydon, Sabina Leonelli, Marshall Abrams, William Bechtel, Joshua Filler & Yoichi Ishida (2009). 10. The Problem of Noncounterfactual Conditionals The Problem of Noncounterfactual Conditionals (Pp. 676-688). Philosophy of Science 76 (5).
     
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  18. Sabina Leonelli (2009). On the Locality of Data and Claims About Phenomena. Philosophy of Science 76 (5):737-749.
    Bogen and Woodward characterized data as embedded in the context in which they are produced (‘local’) and claims about phenomena as retaining their significance beyond that context (‘nonlocal’). This view does not fit sciences such as biology, which successfully disseminate data via packaging processes that include appropriate labels, vehicles, and human interventions. These processes enhance the evidential scope of data and ensure that claims about phenomena are understood in the same way across research communities. I conclude that the degree of (...)
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  19. Sabina Leonelli (2009). Understanding in Biology: The Impure Nature of Biological Knowledge. In Henk De Regt, Sabina Leonelli & Kai Eigner (eds.), Scientific Understanding: Philosophical Perspectives. University of Pittsburgh Press. 189--209.
  20. Sabina Leonelli (2008). Performing Abstraction: Two Ways of Modelling Arabidopsis Thaliana. Biology and Philosophy 23 (4):509-528.
  21. Sabina Leonelli (2008). Bio-Ontologies as Tools for Integration in Biology. Biological Theory 3 (1):7-11.
  22. Sabina Leonelli (2007). Growing Weed, Producing Knowledge An Epistemic History of Arabidopsis Thaliana. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 29 (2):193 - 223.
    Arabidopsis is currently the most popular and well-researched model organism in plant biology. This paper documents this plant's rise to scientific fame by focusing on two interrelated aspects of Arabidopsis research. One is the extent to which the material features of the plant have constrained research directions and enabled scientific achievements. The other is the crucial role played by the international community of Arabidopsis researchers in making it possible to grow, distribute and use plant specimen that embody these material features. (...)
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  23. Sabina Leonelli (2007). Naar een open dialoog tussen de wetenschap en de wetenschapsstudies. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 3.
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  24. Hasok Chang & Sabina Leonelli (2005). Infrared Metaphysics: Radiation and Theory-Choice. Part. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 36 (4):687-706.
    We continue our discussion of the competing arguments in favour of the unified theory and the pluralistic theory of radiation advanced by three nineteenth-century pioneers: Herschel, Melloni, and Draper. Our narrative is structured by a consideration of the epistemic criteria relevant to theory-choice; the epistemic focus highlights many little-known aspects of this relatively well-known episode. We argue that the acceptance of light-heat unity in this period cannot be credibly justified on the basis of common evaluative criteria such as simplicity and (...)
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  25. Hasok Chang & Sabina Leonelli (2005). Infrared Metaphysics: The Elusive Ontology of Radiation. Part 1. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 36 (3):477-508.
    Hardly any ontological result of modern science is more firmly established than the fact that infrared radiation differs from light only in wavelength; this is part of the modern conception of the continuous spectrum of electromagnetic radiation reaching from radio waves to gamma radiation. Yet, like many such evident truths, the light-infrared unity was an extremely difficult thing to establish. We examine the competing arguments in favour of the unified and pluralistic theories of radiation, as put forward in the first (...)
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  26. Sabina Leonelli & Thomas Reydon (2005). Symposium Issue: Philosophy of Biology in Flanders and the Netherlands. Acta Biotheoretica 53 (2):55-56.