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Biology: Biology

This guide is designed as a starting point for finding information about biology.


Red and white blood cells

Red and white blood cells. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 25 May 2016. Accessed 18 Nov 2016.


This guide is designed to help you start your research in biology and related biological sciences. 

Biology is defined as "a natural science concerned with the study of all living organisms. Although living organisms share some unifying themes, such as their origin from the same basic cellular structure and their molecular basis of inheritance, they are diverse in many other aspects. The diversity of life leads to many divisions in biological science involved with studying all aspects of living organisms. The primary divisions of study in biology consist of zoology (animals), botany (plants), and protistology (one-celled organisms), and are aimed at examining such topics as origins, structure, function, reproduction, growth and development, behavior, and evolution of the different organisms. In addition, biologists consider how living organisms interact with each other and the environment on an individual as well as group basis."  You can find this definition in AccessScience, the online edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.

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