• FOXP2 and the search for" language genes
    with G. E. Marcus
    Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7 257-62. 2003.
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    Are RNA Viruses Vestiges of an RNA World?
    Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 41 (1): 121-141. 2010.
    This paper follows the circuitous path of theories concerning the origins of viruses from the early years of the twentieth century until the present, considering RNA viruses in particular. I focus on three periods during which new understandings of the nature of viruses guided the construction and reconstruction of origin hypotheses. During the first part of the twentieth century, viruses were mostly viewed from within the framework of bacteriology and the discussion of origin centered on the “d…Read more
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    Not Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Howard Temin’s Provirus Hypothesis Revisited
    Journal of the History of Biology 43 (4): 661-696. 2010.
    During the 1960s, Howard M. Temin (1934-1994), dared to advocate a "heretical" hypothesis that appeared to be at variance with the central dogma of molecular biology, understood by many to imply that information transfer in nature occurred only from DNA to RNA. Temin's provirus hypothesis offered a simple explanation of both virus replication and viral-induced cancer and stated that Rous sarcoma virus, an RNA virus, is replicated via a DNA intermediate. Popular accounts of this scientific episod…Read more
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    Not just “a clever way to detect whether DNA really made RNA”1: The invention of DNA–RNA hybridization and its outcome1Judson (review)
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 53 40-52. 2015.