Gut buster

By Linley Boniface In Health

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3rd July, 2010
'I have sometimes also seen animalcules a-moving very prettily; some of 'em bigger, others a bit less, than a blood globule, but all of one and the same make. Their bodies were somewhat longer than broad, and their belly was flatlike, furnisht with sundry little paws." While it's hard not to be charmed by this description of a mysterious creature with pretty movements and sundry little paws, all is not as it seems. The comment was made by 17th-century Dutch tradesman and scientist Antonie van Leeuwen­hoek, who, while peering through a homemade microscope at a speck of his own faeces, ...

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