Leeuwenhoek's Lucky Break

How a Dutch fabric-maker became the father of microbiology.

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Perhaps one of the biggest ironies in biology is that microbes, which are the oldest self-replicating organisms on Earth, were among the last to be discovered and have largely been ignored. The history of their discovery is, like many in science, based on the invention of new technologies. In this case, it was a microscope created by a man named Anton van Leeuwenhoek. But before the Dutchman could make his serendipitous yet groundbreaking discovery in the late 17th century, lens-making technolog...
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