"Love these photos! I do a plant photography project with the ninth grade biology class in the spring to get them interested in the plant kingdom. I will have to show them your photos! I love the one in the water because it also shows properties of…"
"There's this interesting essay by Daniel E. Koshland Jr. titled,"The Seven Pillars of Life." He recognizes in his essay that "although everyone knows what life is there is no simple definition of life.""
"This is an interesting question. I had the opportunity to meet and talk to 2 virus researchers and when I asked them if viruses were considered "living things" they could not agree. One immediately said no and the other said, "They…"
"Quite indeed... There are not a few instances in Biology where terminologies are reduced to catchy phrases and in the process, lose a bit of the concept's precision. For example, High School Biology - at least in the Philippines - mentions of…"
"I agree with Alison that viruses should be considered "borderline" living because they are acellular and do not carry out most of the characteristics of living things. The one thing that unites all living things is nucleic acid (which even…"
"For all the reasons that are no doubt discussed in biology classes around the world annually, viruses some life characteristics and not others. Putting them is a borderline category seems logical.
This is the first I have learned of prions; they…"