Characteristics that will make/qualify a thing a living organism

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Characteristics that will make/qualify a thing a living organism

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Anonymous 0 Comments

It has to be able to reproduce itself, respond to the environment, obtain and use energy, and consist of 1 or more biological cells (microscopic, water-filled structures enclosed by a double layer of lipids, or fatty molecules).

This definition could be revised if/when new lifelike things are found. The definition of a “cell” is also somewhat ambiguous and it’s not immediately clear why an enveloped virus doesn’t count as a cell. Some might say that an enveloped virus doesn’t have the ability to make proteins, but neither do red blood cells, and they are considered cells.

Anonymous 0 Comments

The ability to grow, maintain homeostasis, respond to stimuli, adapt to changing environments, reproduce, and evolve over time.