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Nat Rev Immunol. 2001 Dec;1(3):229-32.

Louis Pasteur's beer of revenge.

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  • Autoimmunity Research Group, Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology, Newtown, New South Wales, Australia. a.baxter@centenary.usyd.edu.au


Although by the mid-nineteenth century evidence existed for an association between micoorganisms and disease, it was the combined efforts of Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch that created the germ theory of disease--the theory that specific microbes cause specific diseases. Surprisingly, the relationship between the two founders of microbiology and immunology was far from friendly.

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