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The Microbial Models of Molecular BiologyFrom Genes to Genomes$
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Rowland H. Davis

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154368.001.0001

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The Age of Model Organisms

The Age of Model Organisms

(p.250) 19 The Age of Model Organisms
The Microbial Models of Molecular Biology

Rowland H. Davis

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a description of the attributes of model organisms. It then reviews some of the choices of model organisms discussed in the preceding chapters. It argues that molecular biology and its model microbes are simply parts of a large science to which they have contributed understanding and unification. Much new knowledge has originated almost explosively in molecular biology, but within a few short years of the ascendancy of prokaryotic genetics, the rest of biology has contributed most of the questions. In their married state, the new and the old biology have developed a partnership that has swept us back into the study of diversity and complexity, now approachable with new tools.

Keywords:   model organisms, model systems, molecular biology

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