Science & Education

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 279-292

First online:

Regulatory Evolution and Theoretical Arguments in Evolutionary Biology

  • Stavros IoannidisAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of Bristol Email author 

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The cis-regulatory hypothesis is one of the most important claims of evolutionary developmental biology. In this paper I examine the theoretical argument for cis-regulatory evolution and its role within evolutionary theorizing. I show that, although the argument has some weaknesses, it acts as a useful example for the importance of current scientific debates for science education.