From cell biology to the microbiome: An intentional infinite loop.
Bottom Line: Cell biology is the study of the structure and function of the unit or units of living organisms.Enabled by current and evolving technologies, cell biologists today are embracing new scientific challenges that span many disciplines.The eclectic nature of cell biology is core to its future and remains its enduring legacy.
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Mentions: Susumu Ito, professor emeritus at Harvard Medical School, who has had a career in cell biology that has spanned more than six decades, told me that in the 1970s, departments of cell biology were born from departments of anatomy and physiology. Just as cell biology emerged from these fields, it is continuing to change with the times. More recently, systems biology departments have emerged and often are enriched with cell biologists. Synthetic biology appears to be the next wave that is sweeping up many cell biologists. These shifts in cell biology mirror the many complementary conceptualizations of the microbiota—a tunable, engineered circuit or network, a compartmentalized cell, and an organ (Fig. 1).
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