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Chapter 1 Notes - Introduction Themes in the Study of Life...

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Introduction Themes in the Study of Life Chapter 1 Overview Evolution-the process of change that has transformed life on earth from its earliest beginnings to the diversity of organisms living today. o The fundamental organizational principal of biology o The idea that the organisms living on earth today are the modified decedents of common ancestors. o The one idea that makes sense of everything we know about organisms Biology-the scientific study of life Properties of life o Order, evolutionary adaptation, response to the environment, regulation, energy processing, growth and development, reproduction Unity/Diversity o The stability of organisms to their environments is evolution Emergent properties- are due to the arrangement and interactions of parts as complexity increases o Ex. Mixture of chlorophyll and all other kinds of molecules found in plants, will not make photosynthesis occur Photosynthesis will occur when molecules are arranged in specific way o Are not unique to life Reductionism- the reduction of complex systems to simpler components that are more
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2009 for the course BIOL 111 taught by Professor Rizzo during the Spring '07 term at Texas A&M.

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