Cell sciences

What is Cell Science?

Cells form the basic building blocks for all living things: humans, animals and plants are made up of tiny cells. It is estimated that the human body is made up of 37.2 trillion cells (or 37,200,000,000,000!).


Cytology is best known for its work in screening cervical smears, but it also provides a non-gynaecological service investigating cellular components in samples, such as sputum. Like cellular pathology, specialised techniques are used to prepare and study samples of cellular materials.

Histopathology/Cellular Pathology

Histopathology, also known as Cellular Pathology, is the microscopical study of tissue samples, taken during surgery or at post mortem, to establish the cause of disease. Diseases such as cancer are diagnosed by looking for abnormal features in tissue and cells.