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1 Chapter One: Exploring Life

2 Biology is the scientific study of life Biologists are moving closer to understanding : How a single cell develops into an organism How plants convert sunlight to chemical energy How the human mind works How living things interact in communities How lifes diversity evolved from the first microbes What is Biology

3 Lifes basic characteristic is a high degree of order Each level of biological organization has emergent properties Video: Seahorse Camouflage Video: Seahorse Camouflage


5 Concept 1.1: Biologists explore life from the microscopic to the global scale The study of life extends from molecules and cells to the entire living planet Biological organization is based on a hierarchy of structural levels

6 A Hierarchy of Biological Organization 1.Biosphere: all environments on Earth 2.Ecosystem: all living and nonliving things in a particular area 3.Community: all organisms in an ecosystem 4.Population: all individuals of a species in a particular area 5.Organism: an individual living thing

7 A Hierarchy of Biological Organization (continued) 6.Organ and organ systems: specialized body parts made up of tissues 7.Tissue: a group of similar cells 8.Cell: lifes fundamental unit of structure and function 9.Organelle: a structural component of a cell 10. Molecule: a chemical structure consisting of atoms

8 Ecosystems The biosphere Organisms Populations Communities Cells Organelles Molecules Tissues Organs and organ systems Cell 1 µm Atoms 10 µm 50 µm

9 A Closer Look at Ecosystems Each organism interacts with its environment Both organism and environment affect each other

10 Ecosystem Dynamics The dynamics of an ecosystem include two major processes: Cycling of nutrients, in which materials acquired by plants eventually return to the soil The flow of energy from sunlight to producers to consumers

11 Energy Conversion Activities of life require work Work depends on sources of energy Energy exchange between an organism and environment often involves energy transformations In transformations, some energy is lost as heat Energy flows through an ecosystem, usually entering as light and exiting as heat

12 LE 1-4 Sunlight Ecosystem Heat Chemical energy Consumers (including animals) Producers (plants and other photosynthetic organisms)

13 A Closer Look at Cells The cell is the lowest level of organization that can perform all activities of life The ability of cells to divide is the basis of all reproduction, growth, and repair of multicellular organisms

14 LE µm

15 The Cells Heritable Information Cells contain DNA, the heritable information that directs the cells activities DNA is the substance of genes Genes are the units of inheritance that transmit information from parents to offspring

16 LE 1-6 Sperm cell Nuclei containing DNA Egg cell Fertilized egg with DNA from both parents Embryos cells With copies of inherited DNA Offspring with traits inherited from both parents

17 Each DNA molecule is made up of two long chains arranged in a double helix Each link of a chain is one of four kinds of chemical building blocks called nucleotides

18 LE 1-7 DNA double helixSingle strand of DNA Nucleotide Cell Nucleus DNA

19 Two Main Forms of Cells Characteristics shared by all cells: Enclosed by a membrane Use DNA as genetic information Two main forms of cells: Eukaryotic: divided into organelles; DNA in nucleus Prokaryotic: lack organelles; DNA not separated in a nucleus

20 LE 1-8 Membrane Cytoplasm EUKARYOTIC CELL PROKARYOTIC CELL DNA (no nucleus) Membrane 1 µm Organelles Nucleus (contains DNA)

21 Concept 1.2: Biological systems are much more than the sum of their parts A system is a combination of components that form a more complex organization Cells, organisms, and ecosystems are some examples of biological systems

22 The Emergent Properties of Systems Emergent properties result from arrangements and interactions within systems New properties emerge with each step upward in the hierarchy of biological order

23 The Power and Limitations of Reductionism Reductionism is reducing complex systems to simpler components that are easier to study The studies of DNA structure and the Human Genome Project are examples of reductionism


25 Systems Biology Systems biology seeks to create models of the dynamic behavior of whole biological systems An example is a systems map of interactions between proteins in a fruit fly cell Such models may predict how a change in one part of a system will affect the rest of the system

26 LE 1-10 CELL Nucleus Cytoplasm Outer membrane and cell surface

27 Systems biology uses three key research developments: High-throughput technology: methods to generate large data sets rapidly Bioinformatics: using computers and software to process and integrate large data sets Interdisciplinary research teams

28 Feedback Regulation in Biological Systems Regulatory systems ensure a dynamic balance in living systems Chemical processes are catalyzed (accelerated) by enzymes Many biological processes are self- regulating: the product regulates the process itself

29 In negative feedback, the accumulation of a product slows down the process itself In positive feedback (less common), the product speeds up its own production Animation: Negative Feedback Animation: Negative Feedback Animation: Positive Feedback Animation: Positive Feedback

30 LE 1-11 Enzyme 1 A A B B C C D D D D D D D D D D D Enzyme 2 Enzyme 3 Negative feedback Enzyme 1

31 LE 1-12 W Enzyme 4 W X X Y Y Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Enzyme 5 Enzyme 6 Positive feedback Enzyme 4 Enzyme 6 Enzyme 5 Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z

32 Concept 1.3: Biologists explore life across its great diversity of species Biologists have named about 1.8 million species Estimates of total species range from 10 million to over 200 million


34 Grouping Species: The Basic Idea Taxonomy is the branch of biology that names and classifies species into a hierarchical order Kingdoms and domains are the broadest units of classification

35 LE 1-14 Ursidae Ursus Carnivora Mammalia Chordata Animalia Eukarya SpeciesGenus Family Order Class Phylum KingdomDomain Ursus americanus (American black bear)

36 The Three Domains of Life At the highest level, life is classified into three domains: Bacteria (prokaryotes) Archaea (prokaryotes) Eukarya (eukaryotes) Eukaryotes include protists and the kingdoms Plantae, Fungi, and Animalia

37 LE 1-15 Bacteria 4 µm 100 µm 0.5 µm Kingdom Plantae Protists Kingdom Animalia Kingdom Fungi Archaea

38 Unity in the Diversity of Life Underlying lifes diversity is a striking unity, especially at lower levels of organization In eukaryotes, unity is evident in details of cell structure

39 LE 1-16a Cilia of windpipe cells Cilia of Paramecium 15 µm 5 µm

40 LE 1-16b Cilia of windpipe cells Cilia of Paramecium Cross section of cilium, as viewed with an electron microscope 0.1 µm

41 Concept 1.4: Evolution accounts for life s unity and diversity The history of life is a saga of a changing Earth billions of years old


43 The evolutionary view of life came into sharp focus in 1859, when Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection Darwinism became almost synonymous with the concept of evolution


45 The Origin of Species articulated two main points: Descent with modification (the view that contemporary species arose from a succession of ancestors) Natural selection (a proposed mechanism for descent with modification) Some examples of descent with modification are unity and diversity in the orchid family


47 Natural Selection Darwin inferred natural selection by connecting two observations: Observation: Individual variation in heritable traits Observation: Overpopulation and competition Inference: Unequal reproductive success Inference: Evolutionary adaptation

48 LE 1-20 Evolution of adaptations in the population Differences in reproductive success Overproduction and competition Population of organisms Hereditary variations

49 Natural selection can edit a populations heritable variations An example is the effect of birds preying on a beetle population

50 LE 1-21 Population with varied inherited traits Elimination of individuals with certain traits Reproduction of survivors Increasing frequency of traits that enhance survival and reproductive success

51 Natural selection is often evident in adaptations of organisms to their way of life and environment Bat wings are an example of adaptation Video: Soaring Hawk Video: Soaring Hawk


53 The Tree of Life Many related organisms have similar features adapted for specific ways of life Such kinships connect lifes unity and diversity to descent with modification Natural selection eventually produces new species from ancestral species Biologists often show evolutionary relationships in a treelike diagram [Videos on slide following the figure]

54 LE 1-23 Large ground finch Large cactus ground finch Sharp-beaked ground finch Geospiza magnirostris Geospiza conirostris Medium ground finch Geospiza fuliginosa Small ground finch Woodpecker finch Camarhynchus psittacula Large tree finch Medium tree finch Cactus ground finch Geospiza difficilis Cactus flower eaters Geospiza scandens Seed eater Ground finches Seed eaters Tree finches Common ancestor from South American mainland Insect eaters Bud eater Warbler finches Mangrove finch Geospiza fortis Cactospiza pallida Small tree finch Camarhynchus pauper Camarhynchus parvulus Green warbler finch Gray warbler finch Certhidea olivacea Certhidea fusca Vegetarian finch Platyspiza crassirostris Cactospiza heliobates

55 Video: Albatross Courtship Ritual Video: Albatross Courtship Ritual Video: Blue-footed Boobies Courtship Ritual Video: Blue-footed Boobies Courtship Ritual Video: Galapágos Islands Overview Video: Galapágos Islands Overview Video Galapágos Marine Iguana Video Galapágos Marine Iguana Video: Galapágos Sea Lion Video: Galapágos Sea Lion Video: Galapágos Tortoise Video: Galapágos Tortoise

56 Concept 1.5: Biologists use various forms of inquiry to explore life Inquiry is a search for information and explanation, often focusing on specific questions The process of science blends two main processes of scientific inquiry: Discovery science: describing nature Hypothesis-based science: explaining nature

57 Discovery Science Discovery science describes nature through careful observation and data analysis Examples of discovery science: understanding cell structure expanding databases of genomes

58 Types of Data Data are recorded observations Two types of data: Quantitative data: numerical measurements Qualitative data: recorded descriptions


60 Induction in Discovery Science Inductive reasoning involves generalizing based on many specific observations

61 Hypothesis-Based Science In science, inquiry usually involves proposing and testing hypotheses Hypotheses are hypothetical explanations

62 The Role of Hypotheses in Inquiry In science, a hypothesis is a tentative answer to a well-framed question A hypothesis is an explanation on trial, making a prediction that can be tested

63 LE 1-25a Hypothesis #1: Dead batteries Hypothesis #2: Burnt-out bulb Observations Question

64 LE 1-25b Hypothesis #1: Dead batteries Hypothesis #2: Burnt-out bulb Test prediction Test falsifies hypothesis Prediction: Replacing batteries will fix problem Prediction: Replacing bulb will fix problem Test prediction Test does not falsify hypothesis

65 Deduction: The If…then Logic of Hypothesis-Based Science In deductive reasoning, the logic flows from the general to the specific If a hypothesis is correct, then we can expect a particular outcome

66 A Closer Look at Hypotheses in Scientific Inquiry A scientific hypothesis must have two important qualities: It must be testable It must be falsifiable

67 The Myth of the Scientific Method The scientific method is an idealized process of inquiry Very few scientific inquiries adhere rigidly to the textbook scientific method

68 In mimicry, a harmless species resembles a harmful species An example of mimicry is a stinging honeybee and a nonstinging mimic, a flower fly A Case Study in Scientific Inquiry: Investigating Mimicry in Snake Populations

69 LE 1-26 Flower fly (nonstinging) Honeybee (stinging)

70 This case study examines king snakes mimicry of poisonous coral snakes The hypothesis states that mimics benefit when predators mistake them for harmful species The mimicry hypothesis predicts that predators in non–coral snake areas will attack king snakes more frequently than will predators that live where coral snakes are present

71 LE 1-27 Scarlet king snake Eastern coral snake Scarlet king snake Key Range of scarlet king snake North Carolina Range of eastern coral snake South Carolina

72 Field Experiments with Artificial Snakes To test this mimicry hypothesis, researchers made hundreds of artificial snakes: An experimental group resembling king snakes A control group resembling plain brown snakes Equal numbers of both types were placed at field sites, including areas without coral snakes After four weeks, the scientists retrieved the artificial snakes and counted bite or claw marks The data fit the predictions of the mimicry hypothesis

73 LE 1-28 (a) Artificial king snake (b) Artificial brown snake that has been attacked

74 In areas where coral snakes were present, most attacks were on brown artificial snakes. In areas where coral snakes were absent, most attacks were on artificial king snakes. LE 1-29 % of attacks on artificial king snakes % of attacks on brown artificial snakes Field site with artificial snakes 83% North Carolina South Carolina 17% 16% 84% Key

75 Designing Controlled Experiments Scientists do not control the experimental environment by keeping all variables constant Researchers usually control unwanted variables by using control groups to cancel their effects

76 Limitations of Science The limitations of science are set by its naturalism Science seeks natural causes for natural phenomena Science cannot support or falsify supernatural explanations, which are outside the bounds of science

77 Theories in Science A scientific theory is much broader than a hypothesis A scientific theory is: broad in scope general enough to generate new hypotheses supported by a large body of evidence

78 Model Building in Science Models are representations of ideas, structures, or processes Models may range from lifelike representations to symbolic schematics

79 LE 1-30 From body From lungs Right atrium Left atrium Right ventricle Left ventricle To lungs To body

80 The Culture of Science Science is an intensely social activity Both cooperation and competition characterize scientific culture


82 Science, Technology, and Society The goal of science is to understand natural phenomena Technology applies scientific knowledge for some specific purpose


84 Concept 1.6: A set of themes connects the concepts of biology Biology is the science most connected to the humanities and social sciences Underlying themes provide a framework for understanding biology










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