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The Role of Theory in Advancing 21st Century Biology: Catalyzing Transformative Research

By: National Research Council

National Academies Press (NAP)

Paperback | Jan 2008 | #174914 | ISBN-13: 9780309112499
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Theory is an integral part of all biological research. Biologists' theoretical and conceptual frameworks inform every step of their research, affecting what experiments they do, what techniques and technologies they develop and use, and how they interpret their data. At the request of the National Science Foundation, this National Research Council report exmaines whether a greater emphasis on theory would be useful in advancing biology. The report concludes that theory is already an inextricable thread running throughout the practice of biology; but that explicitly giving theory equal status with other components of biological research could help catalyze transformative research that will lead to creative, dynamic, and innovative advances in our understanding of life.

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Committee on Defining and Advancing the Conceptual Basis of Biological Sciences in the 21st Century, National Research Council

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