Vito Balorda delivered the talk “Molecular biology origins: Max Delbrück and the reductionism debate”. In his talk, Vito examined the origins of molecular biology, particularly Max Delbrück’s role in the development of the field and his complementarity approach in biology. Moreover, he examined the complementarity approach in the “post-Delbrück” era. He argued for a reductive approach towards explanations in molecular biology by emphasizing mechanisms and causal pathways, contrary to the holistic approach emerging from the complementarity approach. The ISHPSSB Biennial Meeting 2021 was held online, July 13 – 20, 2021.

The conference program including the book of abstracts can be found below.