Breast Cancer Research
The discovery of the cell in 1665, lead to many discoveries.
One of the biggest discoveries is breast cancer studies. Breast cancer is a common cancer amongst women. The cells in the breast divide quickly while making copies of themselves. As the cell divides at an uncontrolled rate, this results in a tumor.
Tumors are a body of unnatural cells grouped together, making a rapidly growing lump on the breast. Cells are the building blocks of life, but they are too small to be seen with the naked eye. A Dutch clothes dealer named Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) designed the single lens microscope. He discovered single celled organisms, in which he called animalcules (protists and bacteria). Englishman Robert Hooke (1635-1703) further expanded Leeuwenhoek’s research.
The compound microscope helped expand the research. He was studying a piece of cork under the microscope and noticed the small, boxlike structures that resembled the cells where monks lived. He had no way to tell if the cells were living. Over time, as the microscope technology improved, German biologists Matthias Schleiden and Theodor Schwann discovered that the cell was “the elementary particle of organisms” in 1839. In 1855, German pathologist Rudolph Virchow proposed the first part of the cell theory: “All cells come from pre-existing cells”.
200 years later, scientists came up with the cell theory due to the discoveries of Virchow, Schleiden, and Schwann. The bright discovery of the cell expanded the studies and research of cancer, in specifics, breast cancer. Breast cancer is caused by non-stop cell dividing. The superfluous cells coalesce and formulate a tumor. The discovery of the cell lead to the discovery of cell division.
The detection of cell division lead to the innovation of the harmful cell division that causes cancer. This.