About the book
The word cytology (=study of cells) comes from the combination of Greek words ‘cyto’ (=cell) and ‘logy’ (=science). Cytology is a branch of science that studies how cells function and divide. In medicine, cytologic examinations are most of the time performed on body fluids such as blood, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid or on material that is aspirated from the body. Cytology can also involve examinations or preparations that are scraped or washed. However, the science of cytology serves humanity not only for pathological research in the medical field, but also in the field of pure science. There are six main branches of cytology: I. Cytotaxonomy; II. Cytogenetics; III. Cell physiology; IV. Cytochemistry; V. Cytopathology; VI. Cytoecology. Apart from these scientific disciplines, there are more specialized branches where cytology is intertwined. Some of them are: i. molecular cytogenetics, ii. genetics, iii. cell biology, and iiii. biotechnology. Thus, it is clear that it is not feasible to distinctly differentiate these disciplines apart from each other, and there is an active flow of scientific knowledge between each discipline.
Therefore, when we approach the cytology field from a ‘bird's eye view’ perspective, we see that cell metabolism, cell chemistry, and genetics are intertwined. Consequently, the 'Cytology' project will focus on cell pathology, cell physiology, genetics, molecular cytogenetics, pathology, and cell ecology.
This book is expected to be a comprehensive scientific resource for a wide range of researchers working in the field of Cytology, R & D institutions in the private sector and biology and medical students of all levels.