Notes to Philosophy of Cell Biology
1. Although it cannot be given proper due here, the relations of cells to their environment, especially other cells, is often critical to their functioning. Bacterial cells have long been viewed as solitary, in part because they are generally studied in culture, but in fact most live in complex biofilms and engage in complex communication both between individuals in a species and those in different species (Liu, Martinez-Corral, Prindle et al. 2017).