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Wilhelm Reich's Claim of the Heterogenesis
of Eukaryotic Amoebae

by Correa, Paulo N. & Correa, Alexandra N.
Aurora Biophysics Research Institute

J Biophys Hematol Oncol, Volume 1, Issue 1 (January 2010),  pp. 1-17

Article ID:   JBHO01-01-01

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To this day there is still no definitive model for the evolutionary emergence of eukaryotic cells. Before WWII, there existed two non-Darwinian models that have now been forgotten - the symbiotic and the orgonomic theories, which are contrasted in the present review. Both had in common the notion that the eukaryotic cell was simply a spontaneous assemblage of prokaryote-like vesicles. The orgonomic model further claimed de novo generation (heterogenesis) of eukaryotic cells (protozoa) from the spontaneous assemblage of such prokaryote-like vesicles out of dying and decaying tissue cells, or from sterilized soil infusions. However, both claims are found to be wanting in their experimental foundation.