Reconstruction of Investigative Pathways: Eric Davidson and Sidney Altman

Our ultimate goal in history of biology is to gain insights into the nature of scientific innovation. Besides analyzing conceptual transformation of knowledge systems, as we do in many of our projects, we also study the investigative pathways of researchers and research groups that have generated innovative transformations in our understanding of specific scientific problems. We focus on two prominent biologists, Nobel Laureate Sydney Altman, co-discoverer of the catalytic properties of RNA, and developmental biologist Eric Davidson, whose ideas about the role of gene regulatory networks have revolutionized our understanding of developmental evolution. Again, we are using computational approaches to study and reconstruct these investigative pathways.