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Chapter 4    Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of  Life    Lecture Outline Overview: Carbon – The Backbone of Biological Molecules           Although cells are 70–95% water, the rest consists mostly of carbon-based compounds.           Carbon is unparalleled in its ability to form large, complex, and diverse molecules.           Carbon accounts for the diversity of biological molecules and has made possible the great diversity of living  things.           Proteins, DNA, carbohydrates, and other molecules that distinguish living matter from inorganic material  are all composed of carbon atoms bonded to each other and to atoms of other elements.           These other elements commonly include hydrogen (H), oxygen (O), nitrogen (N), sulfur (S), and phosphorus  (P).
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