Beyond the Petri dish

  title={Beyond the Petri dish},
  author={Shuguang Zhang},
  journal={Nature Biotechnology},
  • Shuguang Zhang
  • Published 1 February 2004
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Nature Biotechnology
When he invented the ubiquitous dish that bears his name, Julius Petri, a technician in Robert Koch’s laboratory, fundamentally transformed our ability to culture, manipulate and analyze cells. Since then, over a century ago, the Petri dish has become a staple in laboratory work on both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. But the time has come to move on from two-dimensional dishes to culture systems that better represent the natural context of cells in tissues and organs. 

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