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Life - Life's Characteristics/Origin qualities of life...

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Life's Characteristics/Origin qualities of life - originated in early waters containing cyanide, methane, hydrocarbons, etc movement - not necessary for life, nor possessed only by the living sensitivity - all living things respond to stimulus, but not all types of stimuli produce responses death - all living things die, but unless you can prove something is alive, then you can't kill it complexity - all living things are complex (but so are some nonliving things); can't define life by itself fundamental properties of life - cellular organization, sensitivity, growth (metabolism), development, reproduction, regulation, homeostasis heredity - mechanism to improve the organism genetic system w/ DNA allows for adaptation/evolution over time able to change and keep the new effects of the change viruses, microspheres aren't life because they can't reproduce/change by themselves evolution/heredity - essential to life; definition of life hypotheses about the origin of life
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