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The name of this type of physics

  1. Mar 31, 2009 #1
    The name of this "type" of physics

    Hello all,

    I was just wondering if anyone knew what type of physics this was.
    Heres a brief description:

    Studying patterns of micro-cells to find a prevention for diseases.

    Iam not sure what its called, so i need your help lol,

    Thank you
     
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  3. Mar 31, 2009 #2
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    Biologist.
     
  4. Mar 31, 2009 #3
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    Isnt that like more based upon like doctors, rather then physicists?
     
  5. Mar 31, 2009 #4
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    No, biology is a very large and broad field. Doctors are specialized biologists, if you think about it. Most doctors have undergraduate degrees in biology though.

    Biology can include: evolution, disease, agriculture, medicine. Pretty much any and all things related to living organisms.

    Moonbear or Monique could give you a much better explanation.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biology

     
  6. Mar 31, 2009 #5
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    That could be Microbiology (one branch of Biology) also ...

    http://www.divcf.unimo.it/img/diagramme.jpg [Broken]

    I wanted to find a picture with different branches of science.. but cudn't get better than the above one.

    (Not everything is physics)
     
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  7. Mar 31, 2009 #6
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    Medicine?
     
  8. Apr 1, 2009 #7

    D H

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    A web reference would certainly help. A Google search for the exact text "Studying patterns of micro-cells to find a prevention for diseases" yields exactly one hit: This thread. That description is too short and too vague to make much sense out of.
     
  9. Apr 1, 2009 #8

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    The traditional boundaries between scientific disciplines are becoming an anachronism nowadays. Most scientific disciplines, especially those involving biology, are highly interdisciplinary. For example, I like to say that I'm a biochemist (my B.S. degree) doing biophysics (my PhD program) in a physical chemistry lab. Slightly more confusing is the fact that my boss has a PhD in physics, is a professor in the chemistry department, and does research focused mostly on biology.

    Now it depends on what you mean by "micro cells" (aren't most cells on the micrometer scale?) and how you are studying them. Certainly many physicists study cells and pattern formation in biology. These studies can fall under the categories ranging to applied physics to systems biology to developmental biology.
     
  10. Apr 1, 2009 #9

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    This diagram is missing "Physical Biochemistry." My wife has her master's degree in that. She studied carotenoids in the photosynthesis process. At least that's what her profesor was studying. She'll be the first to admit she didn't know what the heck she was doing.
     
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  11. Apr 1, 2009 #10

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    Please explain micro-cell.

    Eukaryote cells, those with nuclei, are ~ 10-100 µm.

    Prokaryote cells (e.g. bacteria) are ~ 1-10 µm.

    Mitochondria, found in some cells, are about 0.5 to 1 µm.


    The study of cellular mechanism would seem to involve biology, chemistry and physics, but microbiology and biochemistry are two possibilities. The titles are however arbitrary and may not reflect the interdisciplinary nature of one's work.
     
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