Ideas, tests and proofs. The value of hypotheses

William Bains


Hypotheses are derived from real data, and drive the discovery of new data. A paper in this issue illustrates how this will work in the future, with a real world example of hypothesis preceding experimental findings, and explaining them and expanding their implications.


.Bains, W. Hypotheses in the Life Sciences. A meta-hypothesis. Hypotheses in the Life Sciences 2011; 1 (1): i - ii

.Bains, W. Hypotheses and humility: Ideas do not have to be right to be useful. Bioscience Hypotheses 2009; 2 (1): 1-2

.Parris, G. E. The Hopeful Monster Finds a Mate and Founds a New Species. Hypotheses in the Life Sciences 2011; (2) 1-6

.Kariminejad, A., Kariminejad, R., Moshtagh, A., Zanganeh, M., Kariminejad, M. H., Neuenschwander, S., Okoniewski, M., Wey, E., Schinzel, A. and Baumer, A. Pericentric inversion of chromosome 18 in parents leading to a phenotypically normal child with segmental uniparental disomy 18. Eur. J. Human Genetics 2011; 19, 555–560; doi:10.1038/ejhg.2010.252


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