Biology (11th Edition)

Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 10: 1-25918-813-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-25918-813-8

Chapter 1 - The Science of Biology - Review Questions - Synthesize: 2d


If heat-resistant spores had been present in the broth, the Spontaneous Generation Hypothesis would have appeared to have been confirmed.

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Heat resistant spores would have started to grow after boiling, making it appear that cells do spontaneously generate from non-living matter. This would have delayed development of Cell Theory until these spores were discovered. The history of science often depends on skillful choice of experimental systems and what seems like luck, in this case, the absence of heat resistant spores.
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