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Histology: Welcome

The study of the structure of various tissues of organisms on a microscopic level.

A bit about histology

Cells evolved originally as free-living individuals, but the cells that matter most to us, as human beings, are specialized members of a multicellular community. They have lost features needed for independent survival and acquired peculiarities that serve the needs of the body as a whole. Although they share the same genome, they are spectacularly diverse: more than 200 different cell types are traditionally recognized in the human body (see our web site for a list). These collaborate with one another to form a multitude of different tissues, arranged into organs performing widely varied functions. To understand them, it is not enough to analyze them in a culture dish: we need also to know how they live, work, and die in their natural habitat.

Read more from Molecular Biology of the Cell. 4th edition.

Textbooks

Looking for the required and recommended textbooks for the SOM class?  Go to this guide:

Subject Guide

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