Unformatted text preview: and is regarded as one of the first to provide accurate descriptions of protozoa, fungi, and bacteria. After van Leeuwenhoek died, the study of microbiology did not develop rapidly because microscopes were rare and the interest in microorganisms was not high. In those years, scientists debated the theory of spontaneous generation , which stated that microorganisms arise from lifeless matter such as beef broth. This theory was disputed by Francesco Redi , who showed that fly maggots do not arise from decaying meat (as others believed) if the meat is covered to prevent the entry of flies. An English cleric named John Needham advanced spontaneous generation, but Lazzaro Spallanzani disputed the theory by showing that boiled broth would not give rise to microscopic forms of life....
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- Fall '07
- Microbiology, Anton van Leeuwenhoek, van leeuwenhoek