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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 22 2012,16:32

Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek (16321723) was one of the first people to observe microorganisms, using a microscope of his own design, and made one of the most important contributions to biology.[22] Robert Hooke was the first to use a microscope to observe living things; his 1665 book Micrographia contained descriptions of plant cells.

Before Leeuwenhoek's discovery of microorganisms in 1675, it had been a mystery why grapes could be turned into wine, milk into cheese, or why food would spoil. Leeuwenhoek did not make the connection between these processes and microorganisms, but using a microscope, he did establish that there were forms of life that were not visible to the naked eye.[23][24] Leeuwenhoek's discovery, along with subsequent observations by Spallanzani and Pasteur, ended the long-held belief that life spontaneously appeared from non-living substances during the process of spoilage.

Hi Quack, just a quick reply, I'll try to find more.

Edit: You might find the Wiki on Spontaneous Generation interesting; it comes with links.

Edited by Kattarina98 on Nov. 22 2012,16:40

Barry Arrington is a bitch.

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