The Discovery Of Cells And The Cell Theory

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The cell. The most basic form of life, and yet the most complex structure Mother Nature has to offer. For hundreds of years, man has tried to crack its codes, to try and find what makes it tick; but it seems that the deeper we go into the study of cells, the more questions appear too. The purpose of this entire essay is to educate my readers on cells, our discovery of cells and the cell theory, where we believe they first appeared, and how we have learned to manipulate cells to cure diseases like cancer. I will also talk about how our knowledge of cells has changed our medicine and agriculture, and how ethnic some of these changes are. But first, let us talk about the discovery of cells and the cell theory. Robert Hooke, an english scientist, was the man who first discovered the cell in 1665, proof being a book he released at that time called Micrographia. In this book, Hooke gave 60 observations of random objects under a compound microscope with a magnification of 30x. Because of this, he was not able to see the internal structures in the cell, like nuclei and vacuoles, and what he proclaimed to be cells were just empty cell walls of plant tissues. He shared his observations with The English Royal Society, until they started receiving letters from a scientist named Anton van Leeuwenhoek. The letters stated that Anton made use of a microscope containing improved lenses that magnified objects up to 275x, enough to identify the living parts of a cell. He kept on sending…

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