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    The Prisoner as Model Organism: Malaria Research at Stateville Penitentiary.Nathaniel Comfort - 2009 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 40 (3):190-203.
    In a military-sponsored research project begun during the Second World War, inmates of the Stateville Penitentiary in Illinois were infected with malaria and treated with experimental drugs that sometimes had vicious side effects. They were made into reservoirs for the disease and they provided a food supply for the mosquito cultures. They acted as secretaries and technicians, recording data on one another, administering malarious mosquito bites and experimental drugs to one another, and helping decide who was admitted to the project (...)
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    “The Real Point is Control”: The Reception of Barbara McClintock's Controlling Elements. [REVIEW]Nathaniel C. Comfort - 1999 - Journal of the History of Biology 32 (1):133 - 162.
    In the standard narrative of her life, Barbara McClintock discovered genetic transposition in the 1940s but no one believed her. She was ignored until molecular biologists of the 1970s "rediscovered" transposition and vindicated her heretical discovery. New archival documents, as well as interviews and close reading of published papers, belie this narrative. Transposition was accepted immediately by both maize and bacterial geneticists. Maize geneticists confirmed it repeatedly in the early 1950s and by the late 1950s it was considered a classic (...)
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    Cultural Darwinism.Nathaniel Comfort - 2008 - The European Legacy 13 (5):623-637.
    The recent debate over Intelligent Design provides an opportunity to examine the pervasiveness and the meaning of Darwinian thinking in modern culture. The latest incarnation of a century-old critique of evolution, ID infuriated critics as a disease of scientific illiteracy. However, examining the debate as cultural history of science suggests that the IDers were not ignorant or stupid, but rather shrewd and disingenuous. They wielded scientific data as a rhetorical weapon, not as truth but as text, to be bent to (...)
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    The Prisoner as Model Organism: Malaria Research at Stateville Penitentiary.Nathaniel Comfort - 2009 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 40 (3):190-203.
    In a military-sponsored research project begun during the Second World War, inmates of the Stateville Penitentiary in Illinois were infected with malaria and treated with experimental drugs that sometimes had vicious side effects. They were made into reservoirs for the disease and they provided a food supply for the mosquito cultures. They acted as secretaries and technicians, recording data on one another, administering malarious mosquito bites and experimental drugs to one another, and helping decide who was admitted to the project (...)
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    When Your Sources Talk Back: Toward a Multimodal Approach to Scientific Biography. [REVIEW]Nathaniel Comfort - 2011 - Journal of the History of Biology 44 (4):651 - 669.
    Interviewing offers the biographer unique opportunities for gathering data. I offer three examples. The emphatic bacterial geneticist Norton Zinder confronted me with an interpretation of Barbara McClintock's science that was as surprising as it proved to be robust. The relaxed setting of the human geneticist Walter Nance's rural summer home contributed to an unusually improvisational oral history that produced insights into his experimental and thinking style. And "embedding" myself with the biochemical geneticist Charles Scriver in his home, workplace, and city (...)
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    Rebellion and Iconoclasm in the Life and Science of Barbara McClintock.Nathaniel Comfort - 2008 - In Oren Harman & Michael Dietrich (eds.), Rebels, Mavericks, and Heretics in Biology. Yale University Press. pp. 137.
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    Author's Response.Nathaniel C. Comfort - 2002 - Metascience 11 (3):298-305.
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  8. Book Reviews-the Tangled Field. Barbara McClintock's Search for the Patterns of Genetic Control.Nathaniel C. Comfort & Staffan Mueller Wille - 2002 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 24 (2):331-332.
     
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    Evelyn Fox Keller. The Century of the Gene. Ii + 186 Pp., Illus., Figs., Bibl., Index.Cambridge, Mass./London: Harvard University Press, 2000. $22.95. [REVIEW]Nathaniel C. Comfort - 2002 - Isis 93 (1):162-163.
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    Jan A. Witkowski;, John R. Inglis . Davenport's Dream: Twenty‐First Century Reflections on Heredity and Eugenics. Xi + 298 Pp., Illus., Apps., Bibl., Index. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2008. $55. [REVIEW]Nathaniel C. Comfort - 2009 - Isis 100 (1):191-192.
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  11. James Schwartz. In Pursuit of the Gene: From Darwin to DNA. Xiv + 370 Pp., Illus., Index. Cambridge, Mass./London: Harvard University Press, 2010. $17.95. [REVIEW]Nathaniel Comfort - 2011 - Isis 102 (1):192-193.
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    Hidden Concepts in the History of Origins-of-Life Studies.Carlos Mariscal, Ana Barahona, Nathanael Aubert-Kato, Arsev Umur Aydinoglu, Stuart Bartlett, María Luz Cárdenas, Kuhan Chandru, Carol E. Cleland, Benjamin T. Cocanougher, Nathaniel Comfort, Athel Cornish-Boden, Terrence W. Deacon, Tom Froese, Donato Giovanelli, John Hernlund, Piet Hut, Jun Kimura, Marie-Christine Maurel, Nancy Merino, Alvaro Julian Moreno Bergareche, Mayuko Nakagawa, Juli Pereto, Nathaniel Virgo, Olaf Witkowski & H. James Cleaves Ii - 2019 - Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres 1.
    In this review, we describe some of the central philosophical issues facing origins-of-life research and provide a targeted history of the developments that have led to the multidisciplinary field of origins-of-life studies. We outline these issues and developments to guide researchers and students from all fields. With respect to philosophy, we provide brief summaries of debates with respect to (1) definitions (or theories) of life, what life is and how research should be conducted in the absence of an accepted theory (...)
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