Maureen O’Malley

PDF – Philosophy of microbiology

Philosophical Microbiology – My research in the recent past (2005–2015) is summarized on this page. My current research addresses three main topics, all part of a broader effort to develop a philosophy of microbiology. If a single simple research question could unify these three themes, it might be ‘How do microbes explain?’

This talk was presented at the Sackler colloquium Symbioses becoming permanent: The origins and evolutionary trajectories of organelles held October 15-17, 2014 in Irvine, CA. Organized by W. Ford Doolittle (Dalhousie University), Patrick Keeling (University of British Columbia), and John McCutcheon (University of Montana), the meeting was co-sponsored by Canadian Institute for Advanced Research


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