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The Body Politic

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/9780195156195.003.0008
 The Body Politic

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This chapter discusses how cell theory revolutionized the concept of the individual. A plant or an animal was no longer conceived of as a singular entity constructed out of cellular tissue. What was important was that the cell was alive — it possessed all the attributes of life. The cell state, dawn of protistology, the term “cell” as a misnomer, and the theory formulated by the Freiburg zoologist August Weismann are discussed.

Keywords: cell theory; individual; cells; cell state; prostitology; August Weismann

Chapter.  6561 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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