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The Age of Model Organisms

Rowland H. Davis

in The Microbial Models of Molecular Biology

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195154368
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893935 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154368.003.0019
The Age of Model Organisms

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This chapter begins with a description of the attributes of model organisms. It then reviews some of the choices of model organisms discussed in the preceding chapters. It argues that molecular biology and its model microbes are simply parts of a large science to which they have contributed understanding and unification. Much new knowledge has originated almost explosively in molecular biology, but within a few short years of the ascendancy of prokaryotic genetics, the rest of biology has contributed most of the questions. In their married state, the new and the old biology have developed a partnership that has swept us back into the study of diversity and complexity, now approachable with new tools.

Keywords: model organisms; model systems; molecular biology

Chapter.  4299 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biochemistry

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