The 19th-Century Crank Who Tried to Tell Us About the Microbiome

The 19th-Century Crank Who Tried to Tell Us About the Microbiome

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Science, we are told, advances one funeral at a time1, but sometimes it progresses through resurrections. The French chemist Antoine Béchamp (1816–1908) was a life-long rival to the great microbiologist Louis Pasteur. Pasteur invented pasteurization and vaccines for rabies and anthrax and discovered that many diseases are caused by invisible germs. Béchamp was a bitter…