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Antoine van Leeuwenhook was the first person to see invidual cells through his microscope. Cells in multicellular organisms were first identified in cork in 1665 by Robert Hooke. However, it was not until the 20th century that cell metabolism first became understood.
All cells contain:
All cells are capable of:
- Absorbing sources of food energy from outside the cell
- Transforming that energy into useful work within the cell
- Creating proteins
- Excreting waste
- In most cases, making duplicates of themselves