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B151xF08_L02ScienceIntro

B151xF08_L02ScienceIntro - Georgia Tech School of Biology...

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Biology 1510/1511 Georgia Tech School of Biology Fall 2008 Bio 1510: What is Science? Research Observational Empirical Scientific Method Hypothesis - Prediction - Test Scientific hypotheses and theories are falsifiable.
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Biology 1510/1511 Georgia Tech School of Biology Fall 2008 Science of Biology Biological systems are complex Highly integrated systems with a strongly hierarchical organization. Molecules Cells Tissues Organisms Populations Communities Ecosystems
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Biology 1510/1511 Georgia Tech School of Biology Fall 2008 Complexity and Hierarchy Every biological system is unique Every individual (or clone) has a unique genetic complement. Biology deals with the structure, function, and behavior of individually unique entities. The physical sciences deal with ensembles of identical particles or objects, so deterministic models (and “laws”) are tractable. Life scientists study complex ensembles of complex systems, which are often not amenable to deterministic modeling.
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