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The Construction of Analogy-Based Research Programs : the Lock-and-Key Analogy in 20th Century Biochemistry.

Author: Rebecca Mertens
Publisher: Bielefeld : Transcipt Verlag, 2019.
Series: Science studies.
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When the German chemist Emil Fischer presented his key-lock hypothesis in 1899, his analogy to describe the molecular relationship between enzymes and substrates quickly gained vast influence and provided future generations of scientists with a tool to investigate the relation between chemical structure and biological specificity. Rebecca Mertens explains the appeal of the lock-and-key analogy by its role in model  Read more...
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Mertens, Rebecca.
Construction of Analogy-Based Research Programs : The Lock-and-Key Analogy in 20th Century Biochemistry.
Bielefeld : Transcipt Verlag, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Mertens
ISBN: 383944442X 9783839444429
OCLC Number: 1096231434
Description: 1 online resource (225 pages)
Contents: Cover; Table of contents; Preface; 1 The lock-and-key analogy and its influence on 20th century biochemistry; 2 The lock-and-key analogy in Emil Fischer's program on sugar fermentation, 1890-1907; 3 The making of the lock-and-key model of the antibody-antigen relationship, 1886-1930; 4 Lock-and-key foundations for molecular biology: Linus Pauling and the Caltech group, 1930-1960; 5 Lock-and-key-based modeling and its influence on the development of biochemical research programs; 6 Concluding remarks on the construction of analogy-based research programs; Literature
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When the German chemist Emil Fischer presented his key-lock hypothesis in 1899, his analogy to describe the molecular relationship between enzymes and substrates quickly gained vast influence and provided future generations of scientists with a tool to investigate the relation between chemical structure and biological specificity. Rebecca Mertens explains the appeal of the lock-and-key analogy by its role in model building and in the construction of long-term, cross-generational research programs. She argues that a crucial feature of these research programs, namely ascertaining the continuity of core ideas and concepts, is provided by a certain way of analogy-based modelling.

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