Chapter 1 Exploring Life Lecture Outline Overview: Biology’s Most Exciting Era Biology is the scientific study of life. You are starting your study of biology during its most exciting era. The largest and best-equipped community of scientists in history is beginning to solve problems that once seemed unsolvable. Biology is an ongoing inquiry about the nature of life. Biologists are moving closer to understanding: How a single cell develops into an adult animal or plant. How plants convert solar energy into the chemical energy of food. How the human mind works. How living things interact in biological communities. How the diversity of life evolved from the first microbes. Research breakthroughs in genetics and cell biology are transforming medicine and agriculture. Neuroscience and evolutionary biology are reshaping psychology and sociology.
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