Francesco Redi

Francesco Redi

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Caption: Francesco Redi (1627-97) from Arezzo, Italy, was the personal physician to the Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany, a naturalist and poet. He challenged the commonly held belief in the spontaneous generation of living organisms and devised a famous experiment involving rotting meat to investigate the phenomenon. The results confirmed his theory and it was one of the first examples of an experiment where a control was used.

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