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Engineering Novel Proteins with Orthogonal tRNA: Artificial Causes that make a Difference

Baxter, Janella (2015) Engineering Novel Proteins with Orthogonal tRNA: Artificial Causes that make a Difference. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Model organisms, the use of green fluorescent proteins, and orthogonal transfer RNA (tRNA) are examples of artificial causes being used in biology. Recent work characterizing the research interests of biologists in terms of a common set of values has ruled out artificial causes as biologically interesting. For instance, Kenneth Waters argues that biologists are primarily interested in causes that actually obtain. Similarly, Marcel Weber argues that biologists are primarily concerned with biologically normal interventions. Both views express a widely received attitude about the interests and goals of biologists as being primarily concerned with the contingent facts of our world. While I agree with this general attitude about the contingent nature of biology, I argue that neither view fully accounts for the diversity that distinguishes the discipline. Along with actual and biologically normal causes, biologists are also interested in artificial causes for technological and observational purposes. I maintain that research interest in artificial causes provides some pragmatic reasons for thinking that research programs in cellular biology aren’t driven by a common core set of values.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Baxter, Janellajbaxte3@uic.edu
Keywords: Causal selection, difference making, INF-specificity, orthogonal tRNA, artificial causes.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Ms. Janella Baxter
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2015 13:27
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2015 13:27
Item ID: 11544
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 1 July 2015
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11544

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