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François-Vincent Raspail
(29 Jan 1794 - 7 Jan 1878)

French natural philosopher who originated the aphorism, omnis cellula e cellula (every cell from a cell), which Rudolf Virchow popularized.

Science Quotes by François-Vincent Raspail (4 quotes)

Omnis cellula e cellula.
Every cell is derived from another cell.
— François-Vincent Raspail
In Annales des Sciences naturelles (1825), 6, 224, trans. By Henry Harris in The Birth of the Cell (1999), 33. This aphorism was later popularized by Rudolf Virchow, who is often incorrectly given credit for the dictum that Raspail originated. Also on this website, see Virchow’s quote beginning, “Where a cell arises…” (1858).
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All tissues are formed from cells and every cell from a cell. [? Misquoted]
— François-Vincent Raspail
Although apparently misquoted and misattributed, Webmaster includes this as an interesting variant, presumably, of Raspail’s Omnis cellula e cellula dictum (also popularized by Rudolf Virchow). The above quote was given as an aphorism apparently misattributed as “Schwann’s Law,” in by J.W. Young, in 'Causation of Tumors', Western Medical Review (15 Jul 1898), 3, 262. Webmaster has not yet found another source either with this wording, or as “Schwann’s Law.” Webmaster suspects J.W. Young misquoted and misattributed the quote.
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Since disease originates in the elementary cell, the organization and microscopic functions of which reproduce the general organization exactly and in all its relationships, nothing is more suited to simplifying the work of classification and of systematic division than to take the elementary cell as the basis of division.
— François-Vincent Raspail
As quoted in article, Marc Klein,'François-Vincent Raspail', in Charles Coulston Gillispie (ed.), Dictionary of Scientific Biography (1975). Vol.11, 300-301.
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The plant cell, like the animal cell, is a type of laboratory of cellular tissues that organize themselves and develop within its innermost substance; its imperforate walls, to judge from our strongest magnifying instruments, have the property of drawing out by aspiration from the ambient liquid the elements necessary for its elaboration. They thus have the property of acting as a sorter, of admitting certain substances and preventing the passage of others, and consequently of separating the elements of certain combinations in order to admit only a portion of them.
— François-Vincent Raspail
As quoted in article Marc Klein,'François-Vincent Raspail', in Charles Coulston Gillispie (ed.), Dictionary of Scientific Biography (1975). Vol.11, 300.
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