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What Happened to Molecular Biology?

  • Hans-Jörg Rheinberger


‘Molecular biology’ emerged in the first half of the twentieth century as a fundamentally novel type of biology. Its coming into being was by no means simply a linear continuation of classical genetics, the biological Leitwissenschaft of the time, and it took much more than new methods and technologies for the new discipline to arise. In this article I outline the development of molecular biology—from its beginnings to its zenith and dissolution as a discipline in its own right—in its historical context and from an epistemological perspective.


Assemblage History Molecular Biology 



A version of this article was first published in B.I.F. FUTURA, 22 (2007), 218–223.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans-Jörg Rheinberger
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  1. 1.Department IIIMax Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22BerlinGermany

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