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What is the overarching theme that connects all branches of biology?

Why is it important to study biology at different scales instead of only studying one scale?

What are emergent properties? What is reductionism?

What 3 conditions have to be present in order for natural selection to occur?

Name some characteristics that distinguish living things from nonliving things.

What does it mean that structure and function are correlated? Can you give an example?

What are some differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells? Are humans made of prokaryotic or eukaryotic cells? What about fungi? Plants? Bacteria?

What determines which organisms are more "fit" and will likely be naturally selected? Be able to give some examples of characteristics that might make organisms more or less fit in different kinds of environments.

Which levels of biological organization (e.g. biosphere, ecosystem, cell, etc.) are the most broad and include the most things? Which are the most narrow (smallest)?

What is the lowest level of biological organization that can perform all of the functions necessary for life (that can be called a living thing)?