) was a physician
born in Arezzo
. He is most well-known for his experiment
which is regarded as a one of the first steps in refuting abiogenesis
. At the time, prevailing wisdom was that maggots formed naturally from rotting meat
. In the experiment, Redi covered a piece of meat with a net that prevented flies
from reaching it. When maggots did not appear on the meat, it was a sign that abiogenesis was wrong.