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All of the following statements are true regarding the "cell theory" except

A
All living things are made up of cells
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Cells are the smallest structural and functional unit of life
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Cell comes only from pre-existing cells
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D
All cells arise spontaneously
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Solution

The correct option is D All cells arise spontaneously
For centuries people accepted the "spontaneous generation" of life from inanimate matter. When this long-standing myth was finally dispelled in the mid-1800's by Pasteur with his swan neck flask experiments, it became clear that all life must arise from pre-existing life — via a process of reproduction.

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