Definition of Life

Andrew Wagner afwagner at STUDENTS.WISC.EDU
Wed Feb 2 23:18:14 EST 1994


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Is this coincidence or what?  Douglas, I'm sure you get this all the time.

With all seriousness...
_Biology_ (ed. Peter H. Raven and George B. Johnson, Mosby Year Book 1992)
gives some characteristics to a living organism (P.66-67)
-movement
-sensitivity
-death
-complexity
-cellular organization
-growth and metabolism
-reproduction
-heredity

"All living things on earth are characterized by cellular organization,
growth, reproduction, and heredity.  These characteristics serve to define
the term *life*.  Other properties that are commonly exhibited by living
organisms include movement and sensitivity to stimuli."

Hope this helps...  Additional input, please?
Andy Wagner

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