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The Characteristics of Life
Transcript of The Characteristics of Life
All living things are based on a universal genetic code
Responsible for the physical characteristics of living things
Characteristics are traits inherited from mom and dad
All living things are made up of cells.
The cell is the basic unit of life.
Cells come from pre-existing cells.
Characteristics of Life
Living things take in material for energy
Energy is needed for daily activity
Growth and Development
Humans and animals grow and develop.
Plants grow and develop too!
Living things reproduce to produce new organisms.
Living things reproduce to pass on traits to their offspring.
Living things maintain a stable internal environment = balance
Living things respond to their environment.
Taken as a group, living things evolve over time.
Living things evolve to adapt to the environment.
evolve = change = adapt
50% of your DNA comes from your mom and the other 50% comes from your dad.
Shaped like a double helix
What is the difference between growth and development?
Growth occurs when organisms increase in size.
Development is a progression or advancement in ability.