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The idea to compare biologic cells and crystal is mostly related to a German physiologist Theodor Schwann (1810-1882): His work "Microscopic researches on the Conformity in Structure and Growth Between Animals and Plants, 1839 relates to this idea. He believed that new cells form principally outside pre-existing cells, and wanted to draw an analogy ...


@Remi.b I think we can do better than 1962. Let's fast-forward here to 2014, in the post-genomic era. I think this paper provides some data relevant to your query: Possible mechanisms for Chromothripsis .

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