Cell biology

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Cells in a section through bottle cork , from Robert Hooke's Micrographia

The cell biology , cytology ( ancient Greek κύτος kytos , cell ', λόγος lógos , teaching') or Cytology is a branch of biology and medicine . With the help of microscopy and molecular biological methods, cell biology researches cells in order to understand and elucidate biological processes at the cellular level. This includes the investigation of the various cell compartments and cell organelles , cell division, the movement of cells and cell clusters, and the communication between cells.

Cell biology has close contacts with the neighboring disciplines of biochemistry , molecular biology , botany , zoology , physiology , developmental biology and immunology .

The term “cytology” is colloquially used synonymously for cytodiagnostics .



Web links

Wikibooks: Medical Biology  - Learning and Teaching Materials
Wiktionary: cytology  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ^ First light microscope by Hans and Zacharias Jansen
  2. Max Johann Sigismund Schultze : About muscle bodies and what one has to call a cell. In: Archive for Anatomy, Physiology and Scientific Medicine , 1861, pp. 1–27