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Staffan Müller-Wille

Staffan Müller-Wille is Associate Professor in History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences at the University of Exeter, U.K., and the coeditor of Heredity Produced (MIT Press).

Titles by This Editor

Between Public Domain and Experimental Science, 1850–1930

This book examines the wide range of scientific and social arenas in which the concept of inheritance gained relevance in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Although genetics emerged as a scientific discipline during this period, the idea of inheritance also played a role in a variety of medical, agricultural, industrial, and political contexts.

At the Crossroads of Biology, Politics, and Culture, 1500-1870

Until the middle of the eighteenth century, the biological makeup of an organism was ascribed to an individual instance of "generation"—involving conception, pregnancy, embryonic development, parturition, lactation, and even astral influences and maternal mood—rather than the biological transmission of traits and characteristics. Discussions of heredity and inheritance took place largely in the legal and political sphere.