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Peter J. Russell + 2 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
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4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305389892

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Chapter 1, Problem 13TYK
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Discuss Concepts While walking in the woods, you discover a large rock covered with a gelatinous, sticky substance. What tests could you perform to determine whether the substance is inanimate, alive, or the product of a living organism?

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The tests that could be performed to determine whether the substance is inanimate, alive, or product of a living organism.

Introduction:

A living organism is comprised of molecules, which function as a whole. The living organism exhibits the properties of life. Whereas, the nonliving things are inanimate or natural substances that do not exhibit any property of life. There are various characteristics that can differentiate a living organism from nonliving things.

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In case, if a gelatinous and sticky substance is found on a large rock, then it can be determined whether the substance is inanimate, alive, or product of a living organism. The living organisms possess certain characteristics that are peculiar to them. The basic unit of living organism is the cell. So, the substance can be observed under the microscope to check whether it is comprised of cells or not...

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