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From cell biology to the microbiome: An intentional infinite loop.

Garrett WS - J. Cell Biol. (2015)

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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Affiliation: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115 Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA 02115 wgarrett@hsph.harvard.edu.

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The human microbiome. Illustration depicting the diversity of the human body’s microbiomes at their respective body sites. The outstretched hand reaching for the cell symbolizes the potential of cell biology to enrich microbiome studies.
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fig1: The human microbiome. Illustration depicting the diversity of the human body’s microbiomes at their respective body sites. The outstretched hand reaching for the cell symbolizes the potential of cell biology to enrich microbiome studies.

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).


From cell biology to the microbiome: An intentional infinite loop.

Garrett WS - J. Cell Biol. (2015)

The human microbiome. Illustration depicting the diversity of the human body’s microbiomes at their respective body sites. The outstretched hand reaching for the cell symbolizes the potential of cell biology to enrich microbiome studies.
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fig1: The human microbiome. Illustration depicting the diversity of the human body’s microbiomes at their respective body sites. The outstretched hand reaching for the cell symbolizes the potential of cell biology to enrich microbiome studies.
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).

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.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115 Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA 02115 wgarrett@hsph.harvard.edu.

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