Cells are often described as the ‘basic unit of life’. Cell biology is a sub-discipline of biological studies that deals with the study of cells in all aspects. From cell anatomy, cell death, cell respiration to the processes of cell divisions like mitosis and meiosis, cell biology covers all topics. This subject is closely related to other important branches of science like genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology. Also known as cytology, cell biology is closely associated with immunology and developmental biology.
Originally derived from the Greek word ‘kytos’ meaning contain, this area of biology strictly deals with the physiological properties of cell, the organelles that present in these, cell structure, the pattern of interaction between cells and cell pathways. The study of cells focuses on both single-celled organisms like bacteria and protozoa to complex, multi-cellular organisms like plants, animals and human bodies. Tracking down the nature of these cells, their functions and similarities and dissimilarities of cells in living organisms are all a part of the course.
Cell Biology Laboratory Manual is a comprehensive resource for basic cell biology methods, including cell fractionation, electrophoresis, microscopy, cell culture and differentiation experiments.
Collection of the links to cell biology protocols.
List of cell biology protocols from the Melbourne Signal Transduction Group
Online techniques and procedures for standard undergraduate cell biology laboratories (from Gustavus Adolphus College).
Cell culture using petaka cell culture device. Protocol online.
This page contains five detailed protocols useful in fluorescence based visualization techniques of cellular processes (immunofluorescence, fluorescence in situ hybridization etc.). Each of the protocols is ‘cookbook’ style with no particular documentation (aside from a handy responsibility disclaimer); however, instructions are clear, and easy to follow.