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I. Chapter 1: Introduction: Evolution and the Foundations of Biology
A. Inquiring About Life
1. Evolution is the process of change that has resulted in vast variety
of life present of Earth today. Evolution is one of the core themes of
2. Biology is the scientific study of life. Biologists pose questions about
the living world and seek answers through scientific inquiry.
B. Studying the diverse forms of life reveals common themes
1. Reductionism is the approach of reducing complex systems to
simpler components that are more manageable to study.
2. Emergent properties are properties that emerge when going from
the molecular level outwards. This is due to the arrangement and
interactions of parts as complexity increases. Emergent properties are
not unique to life but they are immensely more complex when dealing
with life forms.
3. Systems biology is the exploration of a biological system by
analyzing the interactions among its parts. It can be used to study life
at all levels.
4. Exploring Levels of Biological Organization
a. The Biosphere- Consists of all life present on Earth
b. Ecosystems- Consists of all living things in a particular area
(grassland, desert, coral reef, etc.) along with all the nonliving
components of the environment with which life interacts (soil,
water, atmospheric gases, light, etc.)
c. Communities- The set of populations that inhabit a particular
area. An array of organisms Inhabit an ecosystem. For example
in a forest the community may be made up of trees and other
plants, animals, mushrooms and other fungi, and a multitude of
microorganisms such as bacteria.
d. Populations- Made up of all the members of a species living
in a particular area (Maple Tree, White-tailed deer, etc.)
e. Organisms- Individual living things (Maple Tree, Deer, Frog,
Beetle, Bacteria, etc.)
f. Organs and Organ Systems- A body part consisting of
multiple tissues, that carries out a particular function of the
body. The organs of complex plants and animals are organized
into organ systems that cooperate in a larger function.
g. Tissues- A group of cells that work together, performing a
specialized function.
h. Cells- Life’s fundamental unit of structure and function.
Some organisms are single cells while others are multicellular.
A single cell performs all the functions of life while a
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multicellular organism has a division of labor among
specialized cells.
i. Organelles- Various functional components present in cells.
j. Molecules- A chemical structure consisting of two or more
5. The Cell: An Organism’s Basic Unit of Structure and Function
a. The cell is the smallest unit of organization that can perform
all activities required for life.
b. The activities of organisms are all based on the activities of
c. The two main forms of cells are prokaryotic and eukaryotic.
The cells of two groups of groups of single-celled
microorganisms (bacteria and archaea) are prokaryotic. All
other forms of life such as plants and animals are composed of
eukaryotic cells.
d. Eukaryotic cells contain membrane-enclosed organelles.
e. Certain organelles such as the nucleus are found in the cells
of all eukaryotes others are specific to certain cell types.
f. Prokaryotic cells lack a nucleus and other membrane
enclosed organelles. They are other generally smaller in size
than eukaryotic cells.
6. Life’s Processes Involve the Expression and Transmission of Genetic
a. Chromosomes contain genetic material in the form of DNA
(deoxyribonucleic acid).
b. DNA Structure and Function
i. Genes are transmitted from parents to offspring and
they encode the information necessary to build all of the
molecules synthesized within a cell. They control
protein production indirectly using a related molecule
called RNA as an intermediary.
ii. A DNA molecule is made up of two long strands that
are arranged in a double helix. Each chain is made up of
four kinds of chemical bonding blocks called
iii. Gene expression is the process in which nucleotides
along a gene are transcribed into RNA, which is in turn
translated into a specific protein with a unique shape
and function.
c. Genomics: Large-Scale Analysis of DNA Sequences
i. Genome- The entire collection of genetic instructions
that an organism inherits
ii. Genomics- Studying a whole set of genes of one or
more species
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iii. Bioinformatics- The use of computational to store,
organize, and analyze huge volumes of data
7. Life Requires the Transfer and Transformation of Energy and
a. Energy often flows through and ecosystem, entering as light
and exiting as heat.
b. Chemicals absorbed by plants then are often passed on to
the animal that consumes the plant. Eventually the chemicals
will be returned to the environment by decomposers such as
bacteria and fungi that break down dead organisms.
8. Organisms Interact with Other Organisms and the Physical
a. Evolution, the Core Theme of Biology
i. The scientific explanation for the diversity of life on
Earth and the adaptation of organisms to their
environments is evolution.
C. Evolution accounts for the unity and diversity of life
1. Biologists estimate the number of living species on Earth range
from 10 million to over 100 million.
2. Classifying the Diversity of Life: The Three Domains of Life
a. All life can be placed into one of the three domains; Bacteria,
Archaea, and Eukarya. The organisms found in both the
Bacteria and Archaea domains are prokaryotic. All eukaryotic
organisms are grouped in the domain Eukarya.
b. Domain Bacteria- The most diverse and widespread
c. Domain Archaea- Prokaryotes known as archaea live in some
of the Earth’s most extreme environments.
d. Domain Eukarya- Divided into for Kingdoms
i. Kingdom Plantae- consists of terrestrial multicellular
eukaryotes (also known as land plants) that carry out
ii. Kingdom Fungi- Defined in part by the fact that they
absorb nutrients from outside their bodies
iii. Kindgom Animalia- Made up of multicellular
eukaryotes that ingest other organisms (Animals,
iv. Protists- Unicellular eukaryotes and simple
multicellular eukaryotes
3. Charles Darwin and the Theory of Natural Selection
a. On November 1859 Charles Robert Darwin published one of
the most influential books ever written, On the Origin of
Species by Means of Natural Selection.
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i. Stated that species have arisen from a succession of
ancestors that differed from them (Descent with
ii. Proposed “Natural Selection” as a mechanism for
Descent with Modification. Natural Selection stated that
individuals that are better suited to a local environment
are more likely to survive and reproduce then those
that are less well suited. As a result of this over many
generations a higher and higher portion of the
population will have advantageous traits.
D. Biological Inquiry entails forming and testing hypotheses based on
observations of nature
1. Scientist use a process of inquiry that includes making
observations, forming logical hypothesis, and testing them. The
results may inspire a revision of the original hypothesis or formation
of an entirely new one resulting in further testing.
2. Making Observations
a. Recorded observations are called data. Data is often labeled
as qualitative or quantitative. Qualitative data is often in the
form of recorded descriptions while quantitative data is often
takes the form of numbers and measurements. Graphs and
tables are often used to help display quantitative information
3. Forming and Testing Hypothesis
a. Hypothesis- a tentative answer to a well framed question.
“An explanation on Trial”. A hypothesis is usually tested by
performing an experiment, which will either prove or disprove
the original hypothesis.
4. Deductive Reasoning
a. Deductive reasoning involves logic that flows from general to
specific. In science deductions take the form of predictions of
results that will be found if a particular hypothesis is correct
(If… Then).
b. Often observations will lead to the formation of multiple
hypothesis . The ideal experiment will test these possible
explanations .
c. A hypothesis gains credibility when it survives multiple
attempts to falsify it.
5. Questions Than Can and Cannot Be Addressed by Science
a. Science requires natural explanations for natural
phenomena and as a result it can neither support nor falsify
things such as supernatural explanations or religious matters
which are simply outside the bounds of science.
6. A Case Study in Scientific Inquiry: Investigating Coat Coloration in
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a. To test the hypothesis that the color patterns of mice had
evolved as adaptations that camouflage the mice in their native
environments biologist Hopi Hoekstra of Harvard traveled to
Florida to conduct a field experiment. They built hundreds of
silicone models of mice and spray painted them to resemble
either beach or inland mice. They then placed equal numbers
of the mice randomly throughout both habitats and left them
overnight. The following morning they recorded signs of
predation. It was clear that mice non-native mice experienced
much higher rates of predation than the native mice thus
confirming the hypothesis.
7. Experimental Controls
a. A controlled experiment is one that is designed to compare
an experimental group with a control group. Ideally the
experimental and control group will differ only in the one
factor the experiment is testing.
b. It is a common misconception that a controlled experiment
is an environment of which the scientists control the
environment to keep everything constant. Controlling an
environment completely is not practical so scientists control
unwanted variables by canceling their effects out using control
8. Theories in Science
a. A theory in science differs from our common use of the word
which implies untested speculation. In science a theory is
usually supported by a much greater body of evidence than a
hypothesis or the like. It also usually broader in scope than a
hypothesis which allows many new hypothesis to spin off of it.
b. Despite being based off of solid evidence theories often must
be revised or rejected based on new research and evidence.
9. Science as a Social Process: Community and Diversity
a. The primary purpose of technology is to apply scientific
knowledge for some specific purpose
b. The scientific community reflects the customs and behaviors
of society at large.
c. Women and many racial and ethnic groups are still
significantly underrepresented in many branches of science
and this lack of diversity slows the progress of science.
II. Chapter 2: The Chemical Context of Life
A. Matter consists of chemical elements in pure form and in combinations
called compounds
1. Anything that takes up space and has mass is matter. Matter is made up of
2. Elements and Compounds
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a. An element is a substance that cannot be broken down into
other substances by chemical reactions.
i. There are 92 elements recognized today
ii. Each element is assigned a symbol (usually the first
letter or two of its name)
b. A compound is a substance consisting of two or more
different elements combined in a fixed ratio.
i. Table salt and Water are examples of compounds
ii. A compound has chemical and physical
characteristics different from those of its elements.
3. The Elements of Life
a. Of the 92 elements about 20-25% are essential elements
that an organism needs to live a healthy life and reproduce.
b. The number of elements required can vary from organism to
organism. For example humans need 25 elements while plants
only require 17.
c. Oxygen, Carbon, Hydrogen, and nitrogen make up 96% of
living matter.
d. Calcium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Sulfur, and several other
elements account for most of the remaining 4%.
e. Trace elements are required by an organism in only minute
i. Some trace elements are required by all forms of life
while others are required by only certain species.
4. Evolution of Tolerance to Toxic Elements
a. Some elements are toxic to organisms. In humans arsenic has
been linked to numerous diseases and can be lethal.
b. Some species have adapted to environments that contain
toxic elements. For example sunflowers are able to take up
concentrations of lead, zinc, and other heavy metals in
concentrations that would kill most organisms.
i. Presumably variants of ancestral sunflower species
arose in heavy metal-laden soils and subsequent natural
selection resulted in their survival and ultimately
B. An element’s properties depend on the structure of its atoms
1. Each element consists of a certain type of atom that is different
from the atoms of any other element. An atom is the smallest unit of
matter that still retains the properties of an element.
2. Subatomic Particles
a. Although atoms are the smallest unit having the properties
of an element, there tiny bits of matter are composed of even
smaller parts, called subatomic particles
i. Protons and electrons are electrically charged. Each
proton has one unit of positive charge while each
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electron has one unit of negative charge. A neutron is
electrically neutral.
b. An atomic nucleus is the center of an atom where protons
and neutrons are packed together in a dense core. Protons give
the nucleus a positive charge.
c. The electrons form a cloud of negative charge around the
nucleus and it is this attraction between opposite charges that
keeps the electrons in the vicinity of the nucleus.
d. The neutron and proton are almost identical in mass. Since
these subatomic particles are so minuscule there are measured
in a unit of measurement called the Dalton.
e. Because the mass of an electron is 1/2000 of that of a
neutron or proton they can be ignored when computing the
total mass of an atom.
3. Atomic Number and Atomic Mass
a. Atoms of the various elements differ in their number of
subatomic particles.
b. All atoms of a particular element have the same number of
protons in their nuclei.
c. The number of protons (which is unique to that element) is
called the atomic number.
d. Because the charge of an atom is neutral (unless otherwise
indicated) the atomic number also tells the number of
e. The Mass Number is the sum of protons plus neutrons in the
nucleus of an atom.
f. Almost all of an atoms mass is concentrated in its nucleus.
Because neutrons and protons each have a mass very close to 1
Dalton, the mass number is an approximation of the total mass
of atom, which is known as atomic mass.
4. Isotopes
a. All atoms of a given element have the same number if
protons but some atoms have more neutrons than other atoms
of the same element.
b. The different atomic forms of the same element are called
isotopes of the element.
c. Although isotopes of an element have slightly different
masses, they behave identically in chemical reactions.
d. Radioactive isotopes are isotopes in which the nucleus
decays spontaneously which gives off particles and energy.
These radioactive isotopes have many useful applications in
biology. They are useful in medical imaging and as tracers and
to follow atoms through metabolism. Although useful they
pose a hazard to life by damaging cellular molecules.
5. The Energy Levels of Electrons
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a. When two atoms approach each other during a chemical
reaction their nuclei do not come close enough to interact. Only
electrons are directly involved in the chemical reactions
between atoms.
b. Energy is the capacity to cause change by doing work.
c. Potential energy is the energy that matter possesses because
of its location or structure.
d. The electrons of an atom have potential energy because of
how they are arranged in relation to the nucleus. The more
distant an electron is from the nucleus the greater its potential
energy is.
e. An electrons potential energy is determined by its energy
level. An electron cannot exist between energy levels.
f. An electrons energy level is correlated with its average
distance from the nucleus.
g. Electrons are found in different electron shells. The first
electron shell is located closest to the nucleus and therefore
has the lowest potential energy. The farther away from the
nucleus the more potential energy.
h. An electron can only change the shell it occupies by
absorbing or losing an amount of energy equal to the
difference in potential energy between its position and the new
shell. When an electron absorbs energy it moves to a shell
farther out from the nucleus. When an electron loses energy it
“falls back” to a shell closer to the nucleus and the lost energy
is usually released to the environment as heat.
6. Electron Distribution and Chemical Properties
a. The chemical behavior of an atom is determined by the
distribution of electrons in the atom’s electron shells.
b. The chemical behavior of an atom depends mostly on the
number of electrons in its outermost shell. Outer electrons are
called valence electrons and the outermost electron shell is
called the valence shell.
c. An atom with a completed valence shell is unreactive and
atoms with incomplete valence shells are reactive.
C. The Formation and function of molecules depend on chemical bonding
between atoms
1. Covalent Bonds
a. The sharing of a pair of valence electrons by two atoms is a
covalent bond.
b. Two or more atoms held together by covalent bonds are
called molecules.
c. A single bond is a pair of shared electrons and a double bond
is a shared pair of two electrons.
d. An atoms bonding capacity is called the atoms valence.
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e. The attraction of a particular atom for the electrons of a
covalent bond is called its electronegativity. The more
electronegative an atom is the stronger it pulls shared
electrons toward itself.
f. A nonpolar covalent bond is a bond in which the electrons
are shared equally because the two atoms have the same
g. When an atom is bonded to a more electronegative atom the
electrons of the bond are not shared equally. This is called a
polar covalent bond.
2. Ionic Bonds
a. A charged atom or molecule is called an ion. When the atom
or molecule has a positive charge it is called a cation and when
it has a negative charge it is called an anion.
b. Cations and anions attract each other in what is known as an
ionic bond.
C. Compounds formed by ionic bonds are called ionic
compounds or salts.
3. Weak Chemical Bonds
a. Most strong bonds within an organism are covalent bonds
but weaker bonding also plays an important role in the cell.
Many large biological molecules are held in their functional
form by weak bonds.
b. Hydrogen bonds are the most important weak bonds in the
chemistry of life. In a hydrogen bond the partial positive
charge of a hydrogen atom is covalently bonded to an
electronegative atom that allows the hydrogen to be attracted
to a different electronegative atom nearby.
c. Even a molecule with nonpolar covalent bonds may have
positively and negatively charged regions. Electrons are not
always symmetrically distributed in such a molecule, at any
instant they may accumulate by chance in one part of the
molecule or another. The result of this is ever changing regions
of positive and negative charge that enable all atoms and
molecules to stick to one another. While these reactions are
individually weak when many of these reactions occur
simultaneously they can be powerful. These reactions are
known as van der Waals interactions.
4. Molecular Shape and Function
a. A molecule has a characteristic size and shape. The precise
shape of a molecule is usually important to its function in the
living cell.
b. A molecule consisting of only two atoms is always linear but
most molecules with two or more atoms have complicated
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c. Molecule shape is crucial in biology because it determines
how biological molecules recognize and respond to one
another with specificity.
d. Biological molecules often bind temporarily to each other by
forming weak bonds, but this can only happen if their shapes
are complementary.
D. Chemical reactions make and break chemical bonds
1. The making and breaking of chemical bonds leading to changes in
the composition of matter are called chemical reactions.
2.The starting materials in a reaction are known as the reactants and
the produced substance is called the product. Coefficients are used to
indicate the number of molecules involved in the reaction.
3. Matter is conserved during a chemical reaction. Reactions cannot
create or destroy matter but only rearrange it.
4. All chemical reactions are reversible.
5. The greater the concentration of reactant molecules, the more
frequently they collide with one another and have an opportunity to
react and form products. The same holds true for products.
6. The point at which reactions offset one another is known as
chemical equilibrium. Reactions still occur but produce no effect.
Chemical equilibrium does not mean that the reactants and products
are in concentrations rather only that their concentrations have
stabilized at a particular ratio.
E. Hydrogen bonding gives water properties that help make life possible on
1. Cohesion of Water Molecules
a. In a polar molecule overall charge is unevenly distributed.
b. Hydrogen bonds hold substances together by a phenomenon
known as cohesion. Cohesion due to hydrogen bonding
contributes to the transport of water and dissolved nutrients
against gravity in plants.
c. Adhesion is the clinging of one substance to another.
Adhesion of water to cell walls by hydrogen bonds helps
counter the downward pull of gravity
d. Surface tension is the measure of how difficult it is to stretch
or break the surface of a liquid.
2. Moderation of Temperature by Water
a. Water moderates air temperature by absorbing heat from air
that is warmer and releasing the stored heat to air that is
b. Kinetic energy is the energy of motion.
c. The kinetic energy associated with the random movements
of atoms or molecules is called thermal energy.
d. Temperature represents the average kinetic energy of
molecules regardless of volume.
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e. Thermal energy in transfer from one body of matter to
another is defined as heat.
f. A calorie is defined as the amount of heat it takes to raise the
temperature of 1 g of water by 1 degree C. It is also the amount
of heat 1 g of water releases when it cools by 1 degree C.
g. A kilocalorie is the quantity of heat required to raise the
temperature of 1 kilogram of water by 1 degree C.
h. Another energy unit is the joule (J). One joule equals 0.239
cal or one calorie equals 4.184 joules.
i. The specific heat of a substance is defined as the amount of
heat that must be absorbed or lost for 1 g of that substance to
change its temperature by 1 degree C.
j. Molecules of any liquid stay close together because they are
attracted to one another. Molecules moving fast enough to
overcome these attractions can depart the liquid and enter the
air as a gas. This transformation from a liquid to a gas is called
k. Heat of vaporization is the quantity of heat a liquid must
absorb for 1g of it to be converted from the liquid to the
gaseous state.
l. As a liquid evaporates, the surface of the liquid that remains
behind cools down. This is known as evaporative cooling an it
occurs because the hottest molecules are the ones most likely
to leave as a gas.
3. Floating of Ice on Liquid Water
a. Water is one of the few substances that is less dense as a
solid than as a liquid. This is what causes ice to float on liquid
b. While most other materials contract and become denser
when they solidify water expands. The cause of this behavior is
hydrogen bonding.
c. The ability of ice to float due to its lower density is an
important factor in the suitability of the environment for life. If
ice sank then all ponds, lakes and even oceans would freeze
solid making life, as we know it impossible on Earth. Even
during the summer only the upper few inches of the ocean
would thaw.
4. Water: The Solvent of Life
a. A liquid that is a completely homogeneous mixture of two or
more substances is called a solution.
b. The dissolving agent of a solution is called the solvent.
c. The substance that is dissolved is called the solute.
d. An aqueous solution is one in which water is the solvent.
e. The sphere of water molecules around each dissolved ion is
called a hydration shell.
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5. Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Substances
a. Any substance that has an affinity for water is said to be
b. A substance that does not have an affinity for water is known
as hydrophobic. Often these substances that are nonionic and
nonpolar seem to repel water.
6. Solute Concentration in Aqueous Solutions
a. Most of the chemical reactions in organisms involve solutes
dissolved in water.
b. When carrying out experiments we use mass to calculate the
number of molecules. The molecular mass is first calculated.
The molecular mass is simply the sum of the masses of all the
atoms in the molecule.
c. A mole represents the exact number of objects 6.02 X 10^23.
d. The advantage of measuring a quantity of chemicals in moles
is that a mole of one substance has exactly the same number of
molecules as a mole of any other substance.
e. Molarity is the number of moles of solute per liter of
7. Acids and Bases
a. An acid is a substance that increases the hydrogen ion
concentration of a solution.
b. A substance that reduces the hydrogen ion concentration of
a solution is a base.
8. The pH Scale
a. The pH scale compresses the range of H+ and OHconcentrations by employing logarithms.
b. The pH of a solution is defined as the negative logarithm of
the hydrogen ion concentration.
c. A neutral pH is 7. Pure water is an example of a solution that
is neutral
d. A base is any solution with a pH higher than 7.
e. An acid is any solution with a pH of lower than 7.
9. Buffers
a. The internal pH of most living cells is close to 7. Even a slight
change in pH can be harmful because the chemical processes of
the cell are very sensitive to the concentrations of hydrogen
and hydroxide ions.
b. The pH of human blood is very 7.4 A person cannot survive
for more than a few minutes if the blood pH drops to 7 or rises
to 7.8
c. The presence of substances called buffers allows biological
fluids to maintain a relatively constant pH despite the addition
of acids or bases. A buffer is a substance that minimizes
changes in the concentrations of H+ and OH- in a solution. Most
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buffer solutions contain a weak acid and its corresponding bas,
which combine reversibly with hydrogen ions.
10. Acidification: A Threat to Our Oceans
a. The burning of fossil fuels releases gaseous compounds into
the atmosphere. When certain compounds come into contact
with the water the water become more acidic. Scientists worry
that this will destroy the pH balance of the ocean and harm
ecosystems. Scientists predict that if no action is taken the pH
of the ocean will continue to drop as more fossil fuels are
III. Chapter 4: A Tour of the Cell
A. Biologists use microscopes and the tools of biochemistry to study cells
1. Microscopy
a. The discovery and early study of cells progressed with the
invention of microscopes in 1590.
b. In a light microscope, visible light passes through the
specimen and then through glass lenses. The result is an image
that magnified as it is projected into the human eye
c. Magnification is the ratio of an object’s image to its real size.
d. Resolution is a measure of the clarity of an image.
e. Contrast is the difference in brightness between the light and
dark areas of an image.
f. Until recently a resolution barrier prevented cell biologists
from using standard light microscopes to study organelles.
g. Organelles are the membrane enclosed structures within
eukaryotic cells.
h. Rather than using light an electron microscope focuses a
beam of electrons through a specimen or onto its surface. This
allows scientists to study much smaller objects.
i. The transmission electron microscope is used to study the
internal structure of cells. It aims an electron beam through a
very thin section of a specimen.
j. The scanning electron microscope is especially useful for
detailed study of the topography of a specimen. The image
produced by this microscope appears three-dimensional.
2. Cell Fractionation
a. Cell fractionation is a useful technique for studying cell
structure and function. Broken up cells are placed in a tube
that is spun in a centrifuge. The resulting force causes the
largest cell components to settle to the bottom of the tube,
forming a pellet. The liquid above the pellet is poured into a
new tube and centrifuged at a higher speed for a longer time.
The process is repeated several times resulting in a series of
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pellets that consist of nuclei, mitochondria, pieces of
membrane, and ribosomes. This enables researchers to
prepare specific cell components in bulk and identify their
B. Eukaryotic cells have internal membranes that compartmentalize their
1. Comparing Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells
a. Inside all cells is a semifluid called cytosol in which
subcellular components are suspended
b. Chromosomes carry genes in the form of DNA
c. Ribosomes make proteins according to the instructions from
the genes.
d. A major difference between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
is the location of their DNA. In a eukaryotic cell most of the
DNA is in an organelle called the nucleus, which is bounded by
a double membrane. In a prokaryotic cell, the DNA is
concentrated in the nucleoid, a region that is not bound by
e. The interior of either a eukaryotic or prokaryotic cell is
called the cytoplasm. In eukaryotic cells this term refers only
to the region between the nucleus and the plasma membrane.
f. Eukaryotic cells are generally much larger and prokaryotic
cells. Size is a general feature of cell structure that relates to
their function.
g. The plasma membrane functions as a select barrier that
allows passage of enough oxygen, nutrients, and wastes to
service the entire cell.
h. Larger organisms do not generally have larger sales then
smaller organisms. Larger organisms simply have more cells.
2. A Panoramic View of the Eukaryotic Cell
a. in addition to the plasma membrane at its outer surface, A
eukaryotic cell has extensive and elaborately arranged internal
b. Animal Cell
Flagellum: motility structure present in some animal
cells, composed of a cluster of microtubules within an
extension of the plasma membrane
Centrosome: region where the cells microtubules are
initiated; contains a pair of centrioles.
Cytoskeleton: reinforces cells shape; functions in cell
movement; components are made of protein. Includes
microfilaments, intermediate filaments, and
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Microvilli: projections that increase the cell surface
Peroxisome: Organelle with various specialized
metabolic functions; produces hydrogen peroxide as a
byproduct, then converts it to water.
Mitochondrion: organelle where cellular respiration
occurs and most of ATP generated
Lysosome: digestive working out where
macromolecules or hydrolyzed
Endoplasmic reticulum: network of membranous sacs
and tubes; active in membrane synthesis and other
synthetic and metabolic processes; has rough and
smooth regions
Nuclear envelope: double membrane enclosing the
nucleus; perforated pores; continuous with ER
Nucleolus: Non-membranous structure involved in
production of ribosomes; The nucleus has one or more
Chromatin: Material consisting of DNA and proteins;
visible in the dividing cell as individual condensed
Plasma membrane: membrane enclosing the cell
Ribosomes: complexes that make protein; free in
cytosol or bound to rough ER or nuclear envelope
Golgi apparatus: organelle active in synthesis,
modification, sorting, and selection of cell products
C. Plant Cell
Cell wall: outer layer that maintains cells shape and
protects cell from mechanical damage; made of
cellulose, other polysaccharides, and protein
Plasmodesmata: channels through cell walls that
connect the cytoplasm’s of adjacent cells
Chloroplast: photosynthetic organelle; converts energy
of sunlight to chemical energy stored in sugar molecules
Central vacuole: prominent organelle in older plant
cells; functions include storage, breakdown of waste
products, hydrolysis of macromolecules; enlargement of
vacuole is a major mechanism of plant growth
(Plant Cell Includes many of the previously mentioned
animal cell parts)
C. The eukaryotic cells genetic instructions are housed in the nucleus and
carried out by ribosomes
1. The Nucleus: Information Central
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a. The nucleus contains most of the genes in the eukaryotic cell.
It is generally the most conspicuous organelle in a eukaryotic
cell averaging about 5um in diameter.
b. The nuclear envelope encloses the nucleus, separating its
contents from the cytoplasm.
c. nuclear lamina: A net like array of protein filaments that
maintains the shape of the nucleus by mechanically supporting
the nuclear envelope.
d. Nucleolus: A prominent structure within the non-dividing
nucleus which appears through the electron microscope as a
mess of densely strained granules and fibers adjoining part of
the chromatin. Hear a type of RNA call ribosomal is a
synthesized from instructions in the DNA.
2. Ribosomes: Protein Factories
a. Ribosomes: the complexes made of ribosomal RNA
and proteins and the cellular components that carry out
protein synthesis.
b. ribosomes build proteins into cytoplasmic locales. At
any given time free ribosomes are suspended in the
cytosol which bound ribosomes are attached to the
outside of the end of plasmid particular or nuclear
D. The endomembrane system regulates protein traffic and performs
metabolic functions in the cell
1. The Endoplasmic Reticulum: Biosynthetic Factory
a. The endoplasmic reticulum is such an extensive network of
membranes that it accounts for more than half of the total
membrane in many eukaryotic cells.
b. The smooth ER is so named because its outer surface lacks
c. The rough ER is studded with ribosomes on the outer surface
of the membrane and thus appears rough through the electron
d. The smooth ER functions in diverse metabolic processes,
which vary with cell type. These processes include synthesis of
lipids, metabolism of carbohydrates, detoxification of drugs
and poisons, and storage of calcium ions.
e. In addition to making secretary proteins, the rough ER is a
membrane factory for the cell; it grows in place by adding
membrane proteins and phospholipids to its own membrane.
f. Most secretory proteins are glycoproteins, proteins that have
carbohydrates covalently bonded to them.
2. The Golgi Apparatus: Shipping and Receiving Center
a. Many transport vesicles from the ER travel to the Golgi
apparatus for modification of their contents.
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b. The Golgi apparatus is especially extensive in cells
specialized for secretion.
c. The Golgi can also manufacture its own macromolecules,
including pectin and other noncellulose polysaccharides.
d. The Golgi sorts and packages materials into transport
e. Products are tagged with identifiers such as phosphate
groups. These act like ZIP codes on mailing labels.
3. Lysosomes: Digestive Compartments
a. A lysosome is a membranous sac of hydrolytic enzymes that
animal cells use to digest macromolecules.
b. Lysosomes carry out intercellular digestion and in a variety
of circumstances. Amoebas and many other protists eat by
engulfing smaller organisms or food particles, a process called
4. Vacuoles: Diverse Maintenance Compartments
a. Vacuoles are large vesicles derived from the endoplasmic
reticulum and golgo apparatus.
b. Food vacuoles are formed by phagocytosis.
c. Contractile vacuoles pump excess water out of the cell,
thereby maintaining a suitable concentration of ions and
molecules inside the cell.
e. Many plant cells contain a large central vacuole which
develops by the coalescence of smaller vacuoles.
E. Mitochondria and Chloroplasts change energy from one form to another
1. The Evolutionary Origins of Mitochondria and Chloroplasts
a. Mitochondria and chloroplasts display similarities with
bacteria that lead to endosymboint theory.
b. This theory states that an early ancestor of eukaryotic cells
engulfed an oxygen using non-photosynthetic prokaryotic cell.
Eventually, engulfed cell formed a relationship with the host
cell in which it was closed, Becoming an end of endosymbiont.
Indeed over the course of evolution the host cell and it’s
endosymbiont merged into a single organism, or eukaryotic
cell with a mitochondrion.
2. Mitochondria: Chemical Energy Conversion
a. The inner membrane of the mitochondria divides it into two
internal compartments. The first is the inter-membrane space,
the narrow region between the inner and outer membranes.
b. The second compartment, the mitochondrial matrix, is
enclosed by the inner membrane. The matrix contains many
different enzymes as well as the mitochondrial DNA and
3. Chloroplasts: Capture of Light Energy
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a. chloroplasts contain the green pigment chlorophyll, along
with enzymes and other molecules that function in the photo
synthetic production of sugar. These lens shaped organelles,
are found in leaves and other green organs in plants and algae.
b. Inside the chloroplast is another then membranous system
in the form of flattened, interconnected sacs called thylakoids.
c. The fluid outside the thylakoids is the stroma, which
contains the chloroplast DNA and ribosomes as well as many
d. the chloroplast is a specialized member of a family of closely
related plant organelles called plastids.
4. Peroxisomes: Oxidation
a. Peroxisomes contain enzymes that transfer hydrogen from
various substrates to oxygen.
b. The peroxisome contains an enzyme that converts H2O2 to
F. The cytoskeleton is a network of fibers that organizes structures and
activities in the cell
1. Roles of the Cytoskeleton: Support and Motility
a. The main purpose of the cytoskeleton is for mechanical
support and to maintain cell shape.
b. The cytoskeleton provides anchorage for many organelles
and cytosolic enzyme molecules.
c. The cytoskeleton is more dynamic than an animal skeleton. It
an be quickly dismantled in one part of the cell and
reassembled in a new location.
2. Components of the Cytoskeleton
a. Microtubules- shape and support the cell and serve as tracks
to guide motor proteins carrying organelles to their
b. Centrosomes and Centrioles- Centrosomes is the location
were microtubules grow out of in animal cells. Often this
region is located near the nucleus. Centrioles are composed of
nine sets of triplet microtubules arranged in a ring. Before an
animal cell divides, the centrioles replicate.
c. Cilia and Flagella- Used to propel many unicellular
eukaryotes through water. Is also found in sperm and algae.
3. Microfilaments
a. Micro filaments aren’t been solid rods. They’re also called
actin filaments because they’re built from molecules of actin, a
globular protein. A microfilament is a twisted double chain of
actin subunits. Besides occurring as linear filaments,
microfilaments form structural networks when certain
proteins bind along the side of such a filament and allow a new
filament to extend as a branch.
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4. Intermediate Filaments
a. Intermediate filaments are named for their diameter, which
is larger than the diameter of microfilaments but smaller than
that of the microtubules. Specialized for bearing tension
intermediate filaments are a diverse class of cytoskeletal
G. Extracellular components and connections between cells help coordinate
cellular activities
1. Cell Walls of Plants
a. The cell wall is an extracellular structure of plant cells that
distinguishes them from animal cells. The wall protects the
plant cell, maintains its shape, and prevents excessive uptake
of water.
b. A young plant cell first secretes A relatively thin and flexible
wall called the primary cell wall. Between primary walls of
adjacent cell is the middle lamella, a thin layer bridge in sticky
polysaccharides called pectins.
c. Other cells as a secondary cell wall between the plasma
membrane and the primary wall. The secondary wall, often
deposited in several laminated layers, has a strong and durable
matrix that affords the cell protection and support.
2. The Extracellular Matrix of Animal Cells
a. Although animal cells lack walls akin to those of plant cells,
they do have an elaborate extracellular matrix.
b. Callagen Forms strong fibers outside the cells
c. Callagen accounts for about 40% of the total protein in the
human body.
3. Cell Junctions:
a. Neighboring cells in animal or plant often adhere, Interact,
and communicate via sites of direct physical contact.
b. Plasmidesmata joins adjacent cells and unities most of a
plant into one living continuum.
c. In animals there are three main types of cell junctions: tight
junctions, desmosomes, and gap junctions. All three types of
cell junctions are especially common in epithelial tissue.
IIII. Chapter 22: The Origin of Species
A. The biological species concept emphasizes reproductive isolation
1. The Biological Species Concept
a. According to this concept a species is a group of populations
whose members have the potential to interbreed in nature and
produce viable, fertile offspring but do produce such offspring
with members of other such groups.
b. Reproductive isolation is the existence of biological barriers
that impede members of two species from interbreeding and
producing offspring.
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c. Prezygotic barriers block fertilization from occurring.
2. Reproductive Isolation
a. Habitat isolation- Two organisms that use different habitats
are unlikely to encounter each other
b. Temporal Isolation- Two species that breed during different
times of day, different seasons, or different years cannot mix
c. Behavioral isolation- Many species use elaborate courtship
behaviors unique to the species to attract mates.
d. Mechanical Isolation- Mating is attempted but morphological
differences prevent its successful completion
e. Gametic Isolation- Sperm of one species may not be able to
fertilize the eggs of another species
f. Reduced Hybrid Viability- The genes of different parent
species may interact in ways that impair the hybrids
development or survival in its environment.
g. Reduced Hybrid Fertility- Even if hybrids are vigorous, they
may be sterile.
h. Hybrid Breakdown- Some first generation hybrids are viable
and fertile, but when they mate with one another or with either
parent species, offspring of the next generation are fertile or
3. Limitations of the Biological Species Concept
a. One strength of the biological species concept is that it
directs our attention to a way by which speciation can occur.
b. However the number of species to which this concept can be
usefully applied is limited.
c. Some biologists argue that the biological species concept
overemphasizes gene flow and downplays the role of natural
4. Other Definitions of Species
a. Morphological Species concept characterizes a species by
body shape and other structural features.
b. The ecological species concept views a species in terms of its
ecological niche, the sum of how members of the species
interact with the nonliving and living parts of their
c. Phylogenetic species concept defines a species as the
smallest group of individuals that share a common ancestor,
forming one branch of the tree of life.
B. Speciation can take place with or without geographic separation
1. Allopatric Speciation
a. In allopatric speciation gene flow is interrupted when a
population is divided into geographically isolated
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b. Many studies provide evidence that speciation can occur in
allopatric populations.
c. The importance of allopatric speciation is also suggest by the
fact that regions that are isolated or highly subdivided by
barriers typically have more species than do otherwise similar
regions that lack such features.
2. Sympatric Speciation
a. In sympatric speciation, speciation occurs in populations
that live in the same geographic area.
b. Polyploid speciation occasionally occurs in animals.
Polyploidy is a condition in which a species may originate from
an accident during cell division that results in extra sets of
c. Sympatric speciation can also occur when genetic factors
enable a subpopulation to exploit a habitat or resource not
used by the parent population.
C. Hybrid zones reveal factors that cause reproductive isolation
1. Patterns within hybrid zones
a. Hybrid zones typically are located wherever the habitats of
the interbreeding species meet.
b. These regions often resemble a group of isolated patches
scattered across the landscape.
2. Hybrid Zones over Time
a. When hybrids are less fit than members of their parent
species, natural selection tends to strengthen prezygotic
barriers to reproduction, thus reducing the formation of unfit
b. Barriers to reproduction may be weak when two species
meet in a hybrid zone. Indeed, so much gene flow may occur
that reproductive barriers weaken further and the gene pools
of the two species become increasingly alike
c. Many hybrid zones are stable in the sense that hybrids
continue to be produced. In some cases, this occurs because
the hybrids survive or reproduce better than members of
either parent species.
D. Speciation can occur rapidly or slowly and can result from changes in few
or many genes
1. The Time Course of Speciation
a. The existence of fossils that display a punctuated pattern
suggests that once the process of speciation begins it can be
completed rapidly.
b. It appears that rapid speciation produced the wild sunflower
Helianthus anomalous.
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c. Data suggests that on average, millions of years may pass
before a newly formed plant or animal species will itself give
rise to another new species.
2. Studying the Genetics of Speciation
a. The central quest of studying the genetics of speciation is to
identify genes that cause reproductive isolation.
b. In several isolated cases the evolution of reproductive
isolation is due to a change in a single gene.
c. Overall studies suggest that few or many genes can influence
the evolution of reproductive isolation and hence the
emergence of new species.
3. From Speciation to Macroevolution
a. As one group of organisms increases in size by producing
many new species, another group of organisms may shrink,
losing species to extinction.
V. Chapter 23: Broad Patterns of Evolution
A. The fossil record documents life’s history
1. The Fossil Record
a. Sedimentary rocks are the richest source of fossils. As a
result, the fossil record is based primarily on the sequence in
which fossils have accumulated in sedimentary rock layers.
b. The fossil record shows that there have been great changes
in the kinds of organisms on Earth at different points in time.
c. Despite the fact that the fossil record is very significant it
must be understood that it is an incomplete chronicle of
evolutionary change.
2. How Rocks and Fossils are Dated
a. Radiometric dating is one of the most common methods to
determine the age of a fossil. It is based on the decay of
radioactive isotopes.
b. Fossils contain isotopes of elements that accumulated in the
organisms when they were alive. When the organism dies it
stops accumulating carbon and the amount of carbon-12 in its
tissues does not change over time.
c. By measuring the ratio of carbon-14 to carbon-12 in a fossil,
we can determine the age of the fossil.
3. The Geologic Record
a. A geologic record is a standard time table that divides
Earth’s history into four eons.
b. The last 3 eons together lasted about 4 billion years.
c. The Phanerozoic era (roughly the last half billion years)
encompasses most of the time animals have existed on earth.
4. The Origin of New Groups of Organisms
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a. Over the course of the last 120 million years mammals
originated gradually from a group of tetrapods called
b. Synapsid’s had multiple bones in the lower jaw and single
pointed teeth.
c. The very late cynodont no longer had a articular quadrate
hinge and began to take the form of modern day mammals.
B. The Rise and fall of groups of organisms reflect differences in speciation
and extinction rates
1. Plate Tectonics
a. The seemingly rock solid continents we live on move over
b. Since the origin of multicellular eukaryotes roughly 1.5
billion years ago, there have been 3 times when most of the
landmass of the Earth came together to form a supercontinent.
c. According to plate tectonics the continents are part of great
plates of Earth’s crust that essentially float on the hot,
underlying portion of the mantle.
2. Consequences of Continental Drift
a. Continental drift greatly affects life on earth because it alters
the habitats in which organisms live.
b. When Pangaea was formed sea level was lowered which
killed off great amounts of marine life that inhabited shallow
c. Continental Drift also causes climate change, which a
significantly impact the organisms living in the area.
3. Mass Extinctions:
a. Fossil records show that the vast majority of species that
ever lived are now extinct.
b. Over the past 500 millions years 5 mass extinctions have
c. For example the Permian mass extinction claimed about 96%
of marine animal species.
4. Adaptive Radiations
a. Adaptive radiations are periods of revolutionary change in
which groups of organisms form many new species whose
adaptations allow them to fill different ecological roles.
b. Fossil evidence indicates that mammals underwent a
dramatic adaptive radiations after the extinction of terrestrial
dinosaurs 65.5 million years ago.
c. The history of life has been greatly altered by radiations in
which groups of organisms increased in diversity as they cam
to play entirely new ecological roles.
C. Major Changes in body form can result from changes in the sequences and
regulation of developmental genes
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1. Effects of Developmental Genes
a. An evolutionary change in the rate or timing of
developmental events is called heterochrony.
b. Paedomorphosis is a condition in which reproductive organ
development accelerates compared with other organs and the
sexually mature stage of a species may retain body features
that were juvenile structures.
c. Homeotic genes determine such basic features as where a
pair of wings and pair of legs will develop.
2. The Evolution of Development
a. Large members of most animal phyla appear suddenly in
fossils formed 535-525 million years ago.
b. This rapid diversification of animals is referred to as the
Cambrian Explosion.
c. Changes in the nucleotide sequence or regulation of
developmental genes can result in a morphological change that
harms the organism
D. Evolution is not goal oriented
1. Evolutionary Novelties
a. As new species form novel and complex structures can arise
as gradual modifications of ancestral structures
b. It is common for complex structures to have evolved in
increments from simpler versions that performed the same
basic functions.
c. The human eye is an example of a complex structure that
evolved from a simpler form.
2. Evolutionary Trends
a. Branching evolution can result in a real evolutionary trend
even if some species counter the trend.
b. The species that endure the longest and generate the most
new offspring determine of major evolutionary trends.
c. An evolutionary trend does not imply that there is some
intrinsic drive toward a particular phenotype. Evolution is the
result of interactions between organisms and their current
environments. If environmental conditions change an
evolutionary trend may cease or even reverse itself.

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