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The Myth of the Cell Theory

Jan Sapp

in Genesis

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195156195
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790340 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156195.003.0007
 The Myth of the Cell Theory

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This chapter discusses cell theory. Biologists from the second half of the 19th century who investigated cells often claimed that it held the key to all biological problems. Cell theory was comprised of three tenets: that all plants and animals are made of cells, that all cells arise from division of preexisting cells, and that cells possess all the attributes of life (assimilation, growth, and reproduction).

Keywords: cell theory; cells; Schleiden; Schwann

Chapter.  3344 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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