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Maienschein, Jane

Works: 44 works in 180 publications in 1 language and 10,845 library holdings
Genres: History  Popular works  Conference papers and proceedings  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Jane Maienschein
Whose view of life? : embryos, cloning, and stem cells by Jane Maienschein( Book )

22 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 2,682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saving lives versus taking lives; the public regards human embryo research in these stark terms, as a battleground of extremes, a war between science and ethics. Precisely that simplistic dichotomy, propagated by vociferous opponents of abortion and proponents of medical research, is what Jane Maienschein seeks to counter with this book. Whose View of Life? brings the current debates into sharper focus by examining developments in stem cell research, cloning, and embryology in historical and philosophical context and by exploring the legal, social and ethical issues at the heart of what has become a political controversy. Maienschein's multidisciplinary perspective will provide a starting point for further attempts to answer this dilemma
From embryology to evo-devo : a history of developmental evolution by Manfred Dietrich Laubichler( )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 2,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although we now know that ontogeny (individual development) does not actually recapitulate phylogeny (evolutionary transformation), contrary to Ernst Haeckel's famous dictum, the relationship between embryological development and evolution remains the subject of intense scientific interest. In the 1990s a new field, evolutionary developmental biology (or evo-devo), was hailed as the synthesis of developmental and evolutionary biology. In From Embryology to Evo-Devo, historians, philosophers, sociologists, and biologists offer diverse perspectives on the history of efforts to understand the links between development and evolution. After examining events in the history of early twentieth century embryology and developmental genetics--including the fate of Haeckel's law and its various reformulations, the ideas of William Bateson, and Richard Goldschmidt's idiosyncratic synthesis of ontogeny and phylogeny--the contributors explore additional topics ranging from the history of comparative embryology in America to a philosophical-historical analysis of different research styles. Finally, three major figures in theoretical biology--Brian Hall, Gerd Müller, and Günter Wagner--reflect on the past and future of evo-devo, particularly on the interdisciplinary nature of the field. The sum is an exciting interdisciplinary exploration of developmental evolution
Embryos under the microscope : the diverging meanings of life by Jane Maienschein( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Too tiny to see with the naked eye, the human embryo was just a hypothesis until the microscope made observation of embryonic development possible. This changed forever our view of the minuscule cluster of cells that looms large in questions about the meaning of life. This book examines how our scientific understanding of the embryo has evolved from the earliest speculations of natural philosophers to today's biological engineering, with its many prospects for life-enhancing therapies. Jane Maienschein shows that research on embryos has always revealed possibilities that appear promising to some but deeply frightening to others, and she makes a persuasive case that public understanding must be informed by up-to-date scientific findings. Direct observation of embryos greatly expanded knowledge but also led to disagreements over what investigators were seeing. Biologists confirmed that embryos are living organisms undergoing rapid change and are not in any sense functioning persons. They do not feel pain or have any capacity to think until very late stages of fetal development. New information about DNA led to discoveries about embryonic regulation of genetic inheritance, as well as evolutionary relationships among species. Scientists have learned how to manipulate embryos in the lab, taking them apart, reconstructing them, and even synthesizing - practically from scratch - cells, body parts, and maybe someday entire embryos. Showing how we have learned what we now know about the biology of embryos, Maienschein changes our view of what it means to be alive
Form and function in developmental evolution by Manfred Dietrich Laubichler( )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book represents a new effort to understand very old questions about biological form, function, and the relationships between them. The essays collected here reflect the diversity of approaches in evolutionary developmental biology (Evo Devo), including not only studies by prominent scientists whose research focuses on topics concerned with evolution and development, but also historically and conceptually oriented studies that place the scientific work within a larger framework and ask how it can be pushed further. Topics under discussion range from the use of theoretical and empirical biomechanics to understand the evolution of plant form, to detailed studies of the evolution of development and the role of developmental constraints on phenotypic variation. The result is a rich and interdisciplinary volume that will begin a wider conversation about the shape of Evo Devo as it matures as a field."--Jacket
The American development of biology( Book )

10 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in English and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected as one of the Best "Sci-Tech" Books of 1988 by Library Journal The essays in this volume represent original work to celebrate the centenary of the American Society of Zoologists. They illustrate the impressive nature of historical scholarship that has subsequently focused on the development of biology in the United States
Biology and the foundation of ethics by Michael Ruse( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Much attention has been devoted in recent years to the question of whether our moral principles can be related to our biological nature. This collection of new essays focuses on the connections between biology, in particular evolutionary biology, and foundational questions in ethics. The book asks, for example, whether humans are innately selfish and whether there are particular facets of human nature that bear directly on social practices." "The volume is organized historically, beginning with Aristotle and covering such major figures as Hume and Darwin down to the present and the work of Harvard sociobiologist E.O. Wilson. It is one of the first efforts to provide historical perspective on the relationships between biology and ethics, and it has been written by some of the leading figures in the history and philosophy of science, authors whose work is very much at the cutting edge of these disciplines."--Jacket
Biology and epistemology by Richard Creath( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This set of original essays explores a range of diverse issues in the intersection of biology and epistemology. It asks whether the study of life requires a special biological approach to knowledge - and concludes that it does not
100 years exploring life, 1888-1988 : the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole by Jane Maienschein( Book )

6 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Defining biology : lectures from the 1890s( Book )

8 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Expansion of American biology( Book )

8 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transforming traditions in American biology, 1880-1915 by Jane Maienschein( Book )

9 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ark and beyond : the evolution of zoo and aquarium conservation( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scores of wild species and ecosystems around the world face a variety of human-caused threats, from habitat destruction and fragmentation to rapid climate change. But there is hope, and it, too, comes in a most human form: zoos and aquariums. Gathering a diverse, multi-institutional collection of leading zoo and aquarium scientists as well as historians, philosophers, biologists, and social scientists, 'The Ark and Beyond' traces the history and underscores the present role of these organizations as essential conservation actors
Visions of cell biology : reflections inspired by Cowdry's general cytology( Book )

4 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although modern cell biology is often considered to have arisen following World War II in tandem with certain technological and methodological advances in particular, the electron microscope and cell fractionation, its origins actually date to the 1830s and the development of cytology, the scientific study of cells. By 1924, with the publication of Edmund Vincent Cowdry's General Cytology, the discipline had stretched beyond the bounds of purely microscopic observation to include the chemical, physical, and genetic analysis of cells. Inspired by Cowdry's classic, watershed work, this book collects contributions from cell biologists, historians, and philosophers of science to explore the history and current status of cell biology. Despite extraordinary advances in describing both the structure and function of cells, cell biology tends to be overshadowed by molecular biology, a field that developed contemporaneously. This book remedies that unjust disparity through an investigation of cell biology's evolution and its role in pushing forward the boundaries of biological understanding. Contributors show that modern concepts of cell organization, mechanistic explanations, epigenetics, molecular thinking, and even computational approaches all can be placed on the continuum of cell studies from cytology to cell biology and beyond. The first book in the series Convening Science: Discovery at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Visions of Cell Biology sheds new light on a century of cellular discovery
Ross Harrison's crucial experiment as a foundation for modern American experimental embryology by Jane Maienschein( Book )

8 editions published between 1978 and 1981 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harrison, Ross
History of embryology in Russia : from the middle of the eighteenth to the middle of the nineteenth century by L. I︠A︡ Bli︠a︡kher( Book )

3 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Department of Embryology( Book )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Centennial history of the Carnegie Institution of Washington( )

in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second of five Histories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington describes the work of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism. A century of research has seen advances in an astonishing range of subjects from ionospheric physics, to geochemistry and planetary science. Fully illustrated with contemporary photographs of people and events
Centennial history of the Carnegie Institution of Washington( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American morphology at the turn of the century( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What determines sex? : a study of converging approaches, 1880-1916 by Jane Maienschein( )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Whose view of life? : embryos, cloning, and stem cells
From embryology to evo-devo : a history of developmental evolutionForm and function in developmental evolutionThe American development of biologyBiology and the foundation of ethicsBiology and epistemology100 years exploring life, 1888-1988 : the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods HoleDefining biology : lectures from the 1890sThe Department of EmbryologyCentennial history of the Carnegie Institution of Washington
Alternative Names
Jane Maienschein Professor, biologist

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