Living Things

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What Is a Living Thing?
Living things are systems or organisms that tend to respond to changes in their environment and inside themselves, in such a way as to promote their own continuation and longevity. These are the ones that have the ability to breathe or respire, can move or navigate and consequently have the ability to multiply. These living things include human beings, plants, insects, animals among others. A living thing is defined as using all of these qualities: movement, respiration, sensitivity, growth, reproduction, excretion, and nutrition. Only living things, and all living things, have these functions. A living thing is any organism that displays all the characteristics of life. These include being able to grow and use energy. They must also consist of at least one cell. You can find more information here:

Theme #1 - Cells
All living things are composed of one or more cells. Different types of cells have different "jobs" within the organism. Each life form begins from one cell, which then will split. These cells split, and so on. After this has happened several times, differentiation is undergone, when the cells change so that they are not the same thing anymore. Then they are used to begin to put together the final organism, some cells, for example, as the eyes, some as the heart, etc. The only arguable exception to this is viruses. They are not composed of cells, but are said to be "living."
Theme#2 - Organization
Complex organization patterns are found in all living organisms. They arrange themselves on very small levels, grouping like things together. On larger levels, they become visible. This also has to do with differentiation, as the cells are organized in a manner that makes sense for the organism after they change to what they'll be in the final organism.
Theme#3 - Energy Use
All organisms use energy. The sum of the chemical…...

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