Multilevel Research Strategies and Biological Systems

Philosophy of Science 81 (5):811-828 (2014)
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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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Alan Love
University of Minnesota
Ingo Brigandt
University of Alberta
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