The mismeasure of machine: why machine metaphors in biology are misleading

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Footnotes to Plato

Time to indulge in the occasional revisiting of one of my technical papers, in the hope that they may be of more general interest then the original audience they were written for. This time Iā€™m going to focus on one that I co-wrote with my long-time collaborator, Maarten Boudry, and published in 2013 in the journal Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The title of the paper is: ā€œThe mismeasure of machine: synthetic biology and the trouble with engineering metaphors.ā€

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