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Abiogenesis, the production of life by the spontaneous generation by dead matter without the intervention of any pre-existing life. It has been contended that the living bacteria that grow in solutions in which meat or other organic matter has been steeped have been thus spontaneously generated. The researches on which this conclusion was based are now discredited, and no satisfactory experimental proof of abiogenesis has been obtained.