Communities of cells

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Communities of cells

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Rudolf Virchow cell biology

Communities of cells

Virchow

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Virchow’s cell theory contradicts the possibility of spontaneous generation; living things are not generated from decomposition of plant and animal matter. His maxim Omnis cellula e cellula is an extension of omne vivum ex ovo (“all that lives comes from an egg,” William Harvey, 1651) and omne vivum ex vivo (“all that lives comes from life,” Francesco Redi, 1668). Also, it is thought that Virchow plagiarized the idea from Robert Remak.

Virchow was opposed to Darwin’s theory of the origin of species and declared that the Neanderthal bones were not from an ancient human but only a modern man deformed by rickets, arthritis, and heavy blows to the head. Even the best authorities are subject to prejudices.

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