8 Characteristics of Life

8 Characteristics of Life

Reproduction, Cells, Genetic Material, Evolution/Adaptation, Metabolism, Homeostasis, Response to Stimuli, Growth/Development

Reproduction

Organisms make new organisms
Sexual vs. Asexual (produces clones of parent)

Genetic Material

Features carried by complex molecule (DNA) passed through reproduction

Cell

Collection of living matter enclosed in a barrier. Smallest units of life.

Grow and Develop

Grow means increase in size. Develop means organism changes over the course of its life (cells differentiate)

Metabolism

Require materials (matter) and energy to function

Response to Stimuli

React to changes in environment (temperature, humidity, light, gravity ect.)

Homeostasis

Maintaining an internal balance (body temp., water levels, Ph levels ect.)

Evolution

Change of a closely related group of organisms over time (individuals do not evolve they develop).