Cell Theory

Cell Theory

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  • Theodor Schwann was a German physiologist born in December of 1810. He would become one of the famous scientist to contribute to the cell theory
  • Schwann's major addition to the cell theory stated that both plants and animal tissues are made up of cells
  • In 1838 Schwann became familiar with Matthias Schleiden's microscopic research on plants. Schleiden described plant cells and proposed a cell theory which he was certain was the key to plant anatomy and growth
  • During his studies he also concluded that cells live independent lives
  • Schwann coined the term metabolism for a cells ability to convert resources into energy.
  • Lastly he discovered pepsin, a gastric enzyme found in human stomachs that digests proteins.
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