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Studying LifeCharacteristics of Living ThingsLiving things can reproduce are made up of cells can grow and develop and can respond to their environmentMade Up of CellsAll living things are made up of small units called cellsReproductionAll organisms carry on the circle of life with the process of reproductionBased on a Genetic CodeDNA determines the inherited traits of every organism on EarthGrowth and DevelopmentAll organisms grow and develop by either simply growing in size or change in shape and structureNeed for Materials and EnergyIn order to grow and develop organisms use energy and materials to fulfill their needsResponse to the EnvironmentExternal and internal stimuli aid an organism in responding to their environmentMaintaining Internal BalanceWith the process homeostasis organisms are able to keep internal conditions constant in order to surviveEvolutionIt is necessary for organisms to evolve and adapt in order to survive in their changing environmentBranches of BiologyIn order to study and keep track of the diversity of organisms scientists have divided each group into separate branches or fieldsBiology in Everyday LifeMore than any other area of study biology affects everyday life the most and helps us understand what affects our livesTools and ProceduresA Common Measurement SystemWhen performing experiments and collecting data scientists often use the metric system a different type of measurement based on physical standardsAnalyzing Biological DataWhen collecting recording and analyzing scientific data scientists often turn to modern technology for helpMicroscopesScientists often use microscopes or powerful magnifying devices to aid them in their researchLight MicroscopesThese kind of microscopes work by using two lenses and allowing light to pass through the object being researchedElectron MicroscopesElectron microscopes are more powerful than light microscopes and use beams of electrons to produce imagesLaboratory TechniquesStudying cells is often performed by many techniques two of popularity are the followingCell CulturesCell cultures are the result of a specific type of experiment of creating a new group of cells by reproductionCell FractionationCell fractionation is a technique to separate cells partsWorking Safely in BiologyThere
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