The Role of Theory in Advancing 21st-Century Biology: Catalyzing Transformative Research
National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Life Sciences, Committee on Defining and Advancing the Conceptual Basis of Biological Sciences in the 21st Century
National Academies Press, 22.01.2008 - 208 Seiten
Although its importance is not always recognized, 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.
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2 The Integral Role of Theory in Biology
3 Are There Still New Life Forms to Be Discovered? The Diversity of LifeWhy It Exists and Why Its Important
4 What Role Does Life Play in the Metabolism of Planet Earth?
5 How Do Cells Really Work?
6 What Are the Engineering Principles of Life?
7 What Is the Information That Defines and Sustains Life?
9 How Much Can We Tell About the Pastand Predict About the Futureby Studying Life on Earth Today?
Learning to Think About the Elephant
11 Findings and Recommendations
Biographical Sketches of Committee Members
8 What Determines How Organisms Behave in Their Worlds?