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Choose the correct answer from the alternatives given.

Which is not true about the cell theory?

A

It states that all organisms are composed of cells

B

It states that all cells come from pre-existing cells

C

It states that bacteria and other small organisms can arise spontaneously

D

It is accepted today by biologists as applying to virtually all forms of life

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C

It states that bacteria and other small organisms can arise spontaneously

According to the cell theory all organisms (unicellular or multicellular) are formed of cells. It also states that all cells arise from pre-existing cells by cell division and do not originate spontaneously. Bacteria and other organisms therefore cannot arise spontaneously. So, the correct answer is 'It states that bacteria and other small organisms can arise spontaneously'.

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