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redi experiment
Updated: 5/16/2020
redi experiment
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  • Francesco Redi1626-1697
  • The purpose of my experiment is to demonstrate that maggots, and all organisms for that matter, cannot form from nonliving objects, such as rotting meat. Rather, they develop from existing living organisms.
  • The experiment is not controlled well! What if the maggots could not have survived due to lack of air, but would have otherwise formed?
  • Well, if that was the case, it would not have prevented the maggots from forming. Likely, they would have been found dead on the meat if that was true.
  • The results of my experiment demonstrated that, when air is not present, maggots and other microorganisms will not grow or gather near the meat. This supports biogenesis as it shows that organisms cannot grow from air, and they need to be reproduced in order to form.
  • My experiment influenced future experiments such as Spallanzani's experiment, which occurred around the same time as mine. His experiment then lead to Pasteur's experiment, which ended debate regarding whether spontaneous generation occurred or not.
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