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Chapter 1 - Exploring Life

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Chapter 1 ? Exploring Life Biology?s Most Exciting Era Biology ? the scientific study of life Biology is a quest, an ongoing inquiry about the nature of life We recognize life by what living things do Some of the properties and processes we associate with life Order ? Highly ordered structure that characterizes life Evolutionary Adaptation ? Adaptation evolves over many generations by the reproductive success of those individuals with heritable traits that are best suited to their environments Response to the environment ? Stimulation by environment Regulation ? Homeostasis, maintaining body heat Energy Processing ? Eating, turn food into chemical energy Growth and development ? Genes control the pattern of growth and development Reproduction ? Organisms reproduce their own kind

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