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Homeostasis, the regulation of an organism’s internal environment towards, is important for twoprimary reasons. First, organisms are made of multiple dynamic systems. These systems are in acontinuous state of flux. They also must interact with one another to keep the organism alive andhealthy. This requires regulation between and within systems to keep their environment in arange that they can operate within. Secondly, organisms are embedded in a larger externalenvironment that is can often change in unpredictable ways. This requires the organism’s internalsystems to be able to respond to changes that the external environment has on their system in anadaptive and non-fragile way.Adjusting of these internal system’s environments towards regularity, homeostatic regulation,involves three primary mechanisms. These are the receptor, the control center, and the effector.The receptor, as the name suggest, monitors the organisms’ internal environment for changes.The receptors send their information to the control center, which is also known as the integrationcenter. The control center is the part that sets the acceptable range that the environment should bemaintained at. If it determines that the signals it is getting from the receptors indicate that theenvironment is outside of this range then it sends a signal to the effector. The effector are able to

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Tonia Parker
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