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The process of change that has transformed life on earth from its early beginning. (It is the fundemental principle of Biology and the theme of this book)


The scientific study of life

7 Properties of Life

Order, Evolutionary Adaptation, Regulation, Energy Processing, Growth and Development, Response to the Environment, Reproduction.

5 Unifying Themes of Biology

Organization, Information, Energy and Matter, Interactions, Evolution.


The approach of reducing complex systems into simpler components that are more manegable to study.

What did Watson and Crick infer using reductionism?

The chemical basis of biological inheritance.

_____________ provides a necessarily incomplete view of life on earth.


Emergent properties

Novel properties that emerge at each level that are absent from the previous level. (Emergent properties are due to the arrangement and interactions of parts as complexity increases.)

Are Emergent properties unique to life?


Systems biology

The exploration of a biological system by analyzing the interactions among its parts.

At each level of biological hierarchy, what correlation do you find?

A correlation of structure and function.

A Cell

The smallest unit of organization that can perform all activities required for life.

What are the two main types of cells?

Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic