Should we allow questions that are directly related to the history of our understanding of biology, rather than the biology itself? Where do we draw the line on historical questions? I don't have an example question to hand, but I can see this being an issue in future.

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    $\begingroup$ Okay, for a concrete example: would asking why Mendel settled on peas for his cross-breeding experiments be on-topic? $\endgroup$
    – user132
    Dec 20, 2011 at 7:30
  • $\begingroup$ @J.M. - I was also thinking about questions related to the history of our understanding of diseases, especially ones we still don't fully understand, e.g. AIDS. $\endgroup$
    – Polynomial
    Dec 20, 2011 at 10:28
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, that's good too. (For the record, I support historical questions as being on topic.) $\endgroup$
    – user132
    Dec 20, 2011 at 10:31
  • $\begingroup$ I think the Mendel example question is a perfect reason as to why they should be considered on topic =) $\endgroup$
    – Rory M
    Dec 21, 2011 at 20:47

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I think that history of biology is important, it can show us development of this field of science so I would accept this kind of questions.


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