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Trends Biotechnol. 1995 Dec;13(12):511-5.

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)--chance and the prepared mind.

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.


Louis Pasteur is often regarded as one of the founders of microbiology, and is chiefly famous for his discovery of the role that microorganisms play in health and disease. However, he was trained as a physical scientist, and his research began with the discovery of the stereoisomerism of the different forms of tartaric acid. As a biotechnologist, he is remembered for his studies on the nature of fermentation, and for his rebuttal of the theory of spontaneous generation.

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