Select from the frequently asked questions below
- All living organisms, from the smallest bacterium to the largest whale, share certain characteristics of life.
- Without these characteristics, there is no life.
- To be classified as a living thing, an object must have all six of the following characteristics: It responds to the environment.
- It grows and develops.
- It produces offspring.
- It has complex chemistry.
- A cell is the basic unit of the structure and function of living things.
- All forms of life are built of cells.
- Living things may appear very different from one another on the outside, but their cells are very similar.
What are the characteristics of life that can distinguish something from being living and nonliving?