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It is generally accepted that the development of the modern sciences is rooted in experiment, yet for a long time experimentation did not occupy a prominent role in history of science. With the “practical turn” in science studies, the situation has changed. This chapter examines a particular aspect of scientific practice, which can be addressed as “cultures of experiment.” It begins with a close look at a particular experimental culture in the life sciences: biological in vitro, or test tube, experimentation. An early form of in vitro experimentation was based on homogenates of cells. It was paralleled by tissue cultures...

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