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By Martin Döring, Imme Petersen, Anne Brüninghaus, Regine Kollek

This collective monograph goals at contributing to a much better knowing of the epistemic presumptions, sociocultural implications and traditionally backgrounds of the newly rising and at present increasing procedure of platforms biology. In doing so, it bargains empirically grounded, beneficial and reflexive information regarding a paradigmatic shift within the biosciences for quite a lot of scientists operating within the interdisciplinary components of structures biology, artificial biology, molecular biology, biology, the philosophy of technology, the sociology of technological know-how and medical wisdom, technology and know-how stories, expertise overview etc. The authors of this monograph percentage the theoretical methodological premise that technology is a culturally and socially embedded perform which characterizes our tradition as a systematic one and while attracts its leading edge capability from its socio-cultural context. This dialectic courting lies on the middle of the present improvement of platforms biology that is conceived as a so-called successor of ‘-omics’ study and brought on via high-throughput details applied sciences. even as a necessity for a holistic conceptualization of advanced organic methods emerges. The identify Contextualizing platforms Biology means that this ebook analyzes the advance and introduction of structures biology from various theoretical and methodological views. We examine numerous contexts starting from the research of cognitive contexts (such as uncomplicated theoretical strategies) to regulative contexts (policies) to the concrete software of a platforms biology within the socio-scientific context of a eu learn undertaking. In empirically reading those diverse and interrelated layers and dimensions of structures biology, the scope of the ebook is going past current makes an attempt to enquire the arrival of recent techniques within the organic sciences because it frames and assesses structures biology from an interdisciplinary and built-in perspective.

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Z Soziol 32(4):282–301 Reckwitz A (2004) Die Reproduktion und die Subversion sozialer Praktiken. Zugleich ein Kommentar zu Pierre Bourdieu und Judith Butler. In: Hörning K, Reuter J (eds) Doing culture neue Positionen zum Verhältnis von Kultur und sozialer Praxis. Transcript, Bielefeld, pp 40–54 Rosen R (1968) A means toward a new holism. Science 161(3836):34–35 Rouse J (1996) Engaging science. How to understand its practices philosophically. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY Rouse J (2001) Cultural studies of science.

This active process was called folding due to a comparison or analogy between the process taking place within a protein and folding practices in the human world. In brief, the folding practices encountered in the human world were metaphorically mapped on the more abstract biological process taking place on the molecular level. As Brown (2008, 25) states, the metaphorical projection of the everyday concept of folding on a molecular biological process provoked a variety of questions that exerted an impact on further experimental arrangements and research undertaken and, at the same time, added an extra shade of meaning to the semantics of the verb “folding”.

4 2 Basic Concepts of Systems Biology as Seen Through Systems Biologists’ Eyes… 31 Clarke 2005; Corbin and Strauss 2008) and in the systematic analysis of metaphor (Schmitt 2000, 2005, 2011; Döring 2014). It is, furthermore, important to bear in mind that two fundamental assumptions underlie this chapter: first, that metaphors are a ubiquitous phenomenon in scientific language and thinking and, second, that the analysis of these linguistic images provides a valuable insight into the unconscious and implicit dimensions underlying the scientific theories, models, and concepts implicated in both (Paton 1996).

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