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Chapter 1 Exploring Life Overview: Biology?s Most Exciting Era Biology Is the scientific study of life The phenomenon we call life Defies a simple, one-sentence definition Figure 1.1 We recognize life By what living things do Some properties of life Figure 1.2 (c) Response to the environment (a) Order (d) Regulation (g) Reproduction (f) Growth and development (b) Evolutionary adaptation (e) Energy processing Concept 1.1: Biologists explore life from the microscopic to the global scale The study of life Extends from the microscope scale of molecules and cells to the global scale of the entire living planet A Hierarchy of Biological Organization The hierarchy of life Extends through many levels of biological organization

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