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1 January 2012 The Discovery of Insulin: A Case Study of Scientific Methodology
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The nature of scientific research sometimes involves a trial-and-error procedure. Popular reviews of successful results from this approach often sanitize the story by omitting unsuccessful trials, thus painting the rosy impression that research simply follows a direct route from hypothesis to experiment to scientific discovery. The discovery of insulin is a classical case study in this genre that begs for an explanation to our students because it is so often ignored or misrepresented even in biology and physiology textbooks.

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William D. Stansfield "The Discovery of Insulin: A Case Study of Scientific Methodology," The American Biology Teacher 74(1), 10-14, (1 January 2012). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2012.74.1.4
Published: 1 January 2012
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