even so

sakya kim

Senior Member
In this following context, what does the word 'even so'' mean?
Does it mean ''nevertheless''?
I think as if previous sentence and the sentence beginning with 'even so' are not so different each other.

Short-lived germs have therefore some affinity for him, an affinity which makes itself known after his death in the grasping of another germ, which then takes place to his own detriment. Even so, germs bearing within themselves the power of developing into a deformed body, have an affinity for one who finds pleasure in ill-treating and disfiguring other.
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