The paper presents an analysis of genetic scientists’ accounts of a 1992 scientific breakthrough. Members of the research team were interviewed in the course of a wider study of the history of the discovery and its implications for clinical practice. The isolation of the genetic basis for myotonic dystrophy was an important milestone in the development of contemporary genetic medicine and a significant event in the lives and careers of the scientists involved. Despite the significance of some key publications on scientists’ discovery accounts, the paper argues that there has been a neglect of scientists’ narratives and accounting practices, despite the increased visibility of narrative analysis in the social sciences, the increasing sophistication of qualitative research methods, and the expansion of qualitative research on scientific work and practice. The paper outlines a number of themes in the scientists’ autobiographical work and their methods in recounting the discovery.
2016. Expert positions and scientific contexts: Storying research in the news media. Discourse & Communication 10:1 ► pp. 3 ff.
Atkinson, Paul & Cathy Sampson
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Delamont, Sara & Paul Atkinson
2014. Narratives and accounts: their collection and analysis. In Theory and Method in Higher Education Research II [International Perspectives on Higher Education Research, 10], ► pp. 43 ff.
Huvila, Isto & Luanne Sinnamon
2022. Sharing Research Design, Methods and Process Information in and out of Academia. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology 59:1 ► pp. 132 ff.
Sampson, Cathy & Paul Atkinson
2013. The Golden Star: An Emotional Repertoire of Scientific Discovery and Legacy. The Sociological Review 61:3 ► pp. 573 ff.
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