IF there is one thing more curious than another in the “Spontaneous Generation” theory, it is the way in which so-called matters of fact, as proved by careful experiment, are brought forward by the one side to be disproved by the other; one need only instance Pasteur's famous flask experiments, which were thought to be so overwhelming at the time, but which were afterwards refuted, I think by Frémy and others.
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EKIN, C. Spontaneous Generation. Nature 2, 296 (1870). https://doi.org/10.1038/002296b0