Schwann, Theodor (1810-1882), a German physiologist and anatomist. Schwann and the German botanist Matthias Schleiden established one of the basic ideas in modern biology-the theory that all living organisms are made up of cells and cell products.
German biologists have contributed some of biology's greatest findings. With the increasing importance of genetics, conservation and microbiology, German biologists may yet discover some of nature's most amazing secrets.
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