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1 NIGRELLI, Ross F. [conference chairman and consulting ed.], Stanley L. MILLER (1930-2007), et al. “Modern Ideas on Spontaneous Generation.”
New York: New York Academy of Sciences, 1957. 
Offprint from Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 69, Art 2. 8vo. [255]-376 pp. Figures. Original printed wrappers. Fine. Contains an introduction and series of 11 papers, the result of a conference called Modern Ideas on Spontaneous Generation held by the Section of Biology of the New York Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with Section F of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C., December 26, 1956. Select papers include but are not limited to: MILLER, Stanley H. “The Formation of Organic Compounds on the Primitive Earth.” 260-275 pp. // HARKER, David. “The Structure of Crystalline Proteins.” 321-327 pp. // LINDEGREN, Carl C. “The Role of the Gene in Evolution.” 338-351 pp. Miller is perhaps most famous for, with Harold Urey, conducting the Miller-Uery experiment, which “simulated the conditions thought at the time to be present on the early Earth, and tested for the occurrence of chemical origins of life. Specifically, the experiment tested Alexander Oparin’s and J.B.S. Haldane’s hypothesis that conditions on the primitive Earth favored chemical reactions that synthesized organic compounds from inorganic precursors” (Wikip.). 
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2 PASTEUR, Louis (1822-1895). “Des Fermentations, ou du role de quelques etres microscopiques dans la nature.”
[Paris]: Revue des Cours Scientifiques de la France ..., 1865. 
Revue des Cours Scientifiques de la France et de L’Etranger, Deuxieme Annee, no. 12, 1865. 4to. 275 x 202 mm. pp. 199-202. [Entire issue: (189)-204 pp.] Self-wraps. Fine. This article is a brief notice of a public discussion at an evening meeting of the Sorbonne conducted by Pasteur on the subject of spontaneous generation. It is reported by Monsieur Danicourt. It was not until thirty years after the researches of Charles Cagniard de la Tour (1777-1859), Theodor Schwann (1810-1882), and Friedrich Kutzing (1807-1893), that Louis Pasteur finally provided experimental proof for the actions of yeast in the fermentation process and finally laid to rest the theory of spontaneous generation. 
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3 POUCHET, Félix Archimède (1800-1872). Hétérogénie, ou Traité de la Génération Spontanée, Basé sur de Nouvelles Expériences.
Paris: J.B. Ballière, 1859. 
Thick 8vo. xxxii, 672, ads 48 pp. Three fold-out engraved plates, 28 figures; occasional light scattered foxing. Later maroon cloth, gilt-stamped spine. Very good. Pouchet “was a French naturalist and a leading proponent of spontaneous generation of life from non-living materials, and as such an opponent of Louis Pasteur’s germ theory” (Wikipedia). “Pouchet wrote much on the subject, but it was his Hétérogénie ou traité de la génération spontanée basée sur de nouvelles expériences (1859) that did much to arouse widespread interest” (DSB, Vol. XI 109-10). “It was by the publication of Pouchet’s Hétérogénie (1859), that Pasteur took up the subject experimentally” (Bulloch 391). Today, the phenomenon of life spontaneously arising from non-life is known as “abiogenesis,” and is widely considered to be the means by which life on Earth arose among scientific communities. Bulloch, William. History of Bacteriology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1960. 
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