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Discovery and Cell TheoryEdit

In 1663 a scientist by the name of Robert Hooke discovered cells. He noticed while looking at a cork under a microscope, that there was small pores that looked like the cell that monks lived in.  What Hooke was actually looking at was the cell walls of a non-living object. The first person to actually observe a living cell was Antony van Leevwenhoek. 
Robert Hooke portrait

How cells and living things coincide is the Cell Theory. Five major scentists were involved in creating the Cell Theory: Hooke, Leevwenhoek, Schleiden, Schwann, and Virchow. The Cell Theory states three things, first, that all cells come from other cells, second, all living things have cells, and third, cells are the basic unit of life. While these are the general rules for cells, this does not mean that all cells are the same. For example: plant and animal cells.


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