Investigating Spontaneous Generation Lab

Can life arise from non-life?  In 1864, noted French scientist Louis Pasteur dispelled this concept, termed "spontaneous generation", through one of science's most famous experiments.  Pasteur showed that microorganisms in a sterilized nutrient broth did not develop spontaneously.  Now your students can recreate Pasteur's findings.  They'll compare the growth of organisms in flasks exposed to particles in the atmosphere to those grown in flasks with special s-shaped necks, exposed to air but not particulate matter.
Your students will:
  • Study Louis Pasteur's classic experiment on spontaneous generation
  • Investigate whether spontaneous generation can occur on earth today
  • Define and recognize the characteristics of "life"

Includes enough materials for a class size of 40 students.  Recommended for students in grades 7 through 10.  Manufactured by Neo/SCI.


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