Actually, I suppose such a summary about cells
could be called many things! It could be called
"a summary", or "a review", or even "an article in
When discussing the
entire comprehensive body of knowledge that has
been accumulated regarding cells, though, perhaps
the best way to look at it is not as individual
facts but rather as one overall unifying view that
has emerged. This view integrates all of the
information into several large principles that
form the foundation of our understanding of cells
and their role in life. This comprehensive view
is commonly referred to as "cell theory".
Very rarely is anything in science a finished
story.Scientists are constantly expanding the
boundaries of knowledge in every field.Often, we
try to divide the work of scientists into
classifications--give it names and boundaries.
This makes it easier to discuss, and helps us
understand which ideas are related to other ideas.
These classifications are not set in stone,
however, and some of the most intriguing results
come from "cross-disciplinary research" (when
someone works on projects and topics that cross
traditional boundaries, like between physics and
Because of that, it is hard to
sum up the collection of all scientists' knowledge
of something with a single term. However, the
field of study usually referred to as "Cellular
Biology" or"Microbiology" is a very wide-ranging
and diverse collection of theories and facts that
encompass most everything that scientists have
learned about cells and the processes of life.
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