What Makes A Living Thing?

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Clare Cho
Som Chounlamountry
POSC 399-01
19 September 2015
My Microbiology professor, Dr. Akhavan, asked the whole class one scorching July day during our summer session, "What defines a living thing?" I, wanting to impress the professor, quickly raised my hand and answered the question confidently, "Living things respond to stimuli." After he shook his head, at least twelve other students tried to get the right answer. With a frustrated look, he finally gave it up: "CELLS!" He went on to say that all living things are composed of cells--bacteria, fungi, protozoa--no matter how microscopic they are, these microorganisms are made up of cells, that ultimately categorize them as living organisms. Viruses, on the other hand, are …show more content…

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