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Encyclopedia > Assimilation (biology)

Assimilation (from similis, lat. = similar), in biology, designates the process of the transformation of external substances and materials into substances and materials internal to the body. This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... Biology is the branch of science dealing with the study of life. ... Look up Substance in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Substance may refer to: Substance theory: in philosophy, substance is that element of an object without which it would not exist, or what exists only by itself (causa sui) Chemical substance: in chemistry, a substance is an element, compound with uniform composition. ... With regard to living things, a body is the integral physical material of an individual, and contrasts with soul, personality and behavior. ...


Examples of biological assimilation

The leaf is the primary site of photosynthesis in plants. ... Carbon dioxide is an atmospheric gas comprised of one carbon and two oxygen atoms. ... Water (from the Old English waeter; c. ... An organic compound is any of a large class of chemical compounds whose molecules contain carbon, with exception of carbides, carbonates and carbon oxides. ... Divisions Land plants (embryophytes) Non-vascular plants (bryophytes) Marchantiophyta - liverworts Anthocerotophyta - hornworts Bryophyta - mosses Vascular plants (tracheophytes) Lycopodiophyta - clubmosses Equisetophyta - horsetails Pteridophyta - true ferns Psilotophyta - whisk ferns Ophioglossophyta - adderstongues Seed plants (spermatophytes) †Pteridospermatophyta - seed ferns Pinophyta - conifers Cycadophyta - cycads Ginkgophyta - ginkgo Gnetophyta - gnetae Magnoliophyta - flowering plants Adiantum pedatum (a fern... Cells in culture, stained for keratin (red) and DNA (green). ... Nitrogen fixation is the process by which nitrogen is taken from its relatively inert molecular form (N2) in the atmosphere and converted into nitrogen compounds useful for other chemical processes (such as, notably, ammonia, nitrate and nitrogen dioxide). ... Common Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) in their magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica) home. ... Subgroups Actinobacteria Aquificae Bacteroidetes/Chlorobi Chlamydiae/Verrucomicrobia Chloroflexi Chrysiogenetes Cyanobacteria Deferribacteres Deinococcus-Thermus Dictyoglomi Fibrobacteres/Acidobacteria Firmicutes Fusobacteria Gemmatimonadetes Nitrospirae Planctomycetes Proteobacteria Spirochaetes Thermodesulfobacteria Thermomicrobia Thermotogae Bacteria (singular: bacterium) are a major group of living organisms. ... Primary and secondary roots in a cotton plant In vascular plants, the root is that organ of a plant body that typically lies below the surface of the soil (compare with stem). ... Leguminosae is one of two scientific names allowed for a plant family of close to twenty thousands species. ... Look up absorption in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Absorption may refer to: In physics: absorption (chemistry) - absorption of particles of gas or liquid in liquid or solid material as studied in physical chemistry absorption (optics) - absorption of photons by a material Absorption (acoustics) - absorption of sound waves by a material... // Nutrients and the body A nutrient is any element or compound necessary for or contributing to an organisms metabolism, growth, or other functioning. ... Digestion is the process whereby a biological entity processes a substance, in order to chemically convert the substance into nutrients. ... The intestine is the portion of the alimentary canal extending from the stomach to the anus and, in humans and other mammals, consists of two segments, the small intestine and the large intestine. ... Biological tissue is any substance made up of cells that perform a similar function within an organism. ... A subset of the phases of matter, fluids include liquids, gases, plasmas and, to some extent, plastic solids. ...

Appearances in popular culture

  • Biological assimilation is a popular trope of science fiction. For instance, John Carpenter's 1982 film The Thing features an alien lifeform that assimilates the DNA of living organisms, using it to disguise itself.
  • The Tyranid superorganism, from the Warhammer 40,000 fictional universe, slowly conquers worlds and attempts to assimilate the genetic material of all life forms in the galaxy.

A trope is a rhetorical figure of speech that consists of a play on words, i. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... John Carpenter John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948 in Carthage, New York) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film music composer. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Carpenters The Thing is a 1982 science fiction film directed by John Carpenter. ... The general structure of a section of DNA Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid —usually in the form of a double helix— that contains the genetic instructions specifying the biological development of all cellular forms of life, and most viruses. ... In the fictional Warhammer 40,000 universe, Tyranids are a locust-like swarm of aliens which come in many shapes and sizes. ... Cover of the Warhammer 40,000 4th edition rulebook This article is about the tabletop miniature wargame and the fictional universe in which it is set. ...

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Biology 120, one of the core Biology Inquiry courses(130-139), 220, and 221 make up a core sequence in general biology for students pursuing the major or minor in biology.
Majors in biology are required to choose three 300-level courses (two or three for minors) from at least two of the three subject areas: cellular and molecular biology (320, 322, 324, 340, 346, 352), organismal biology (340, 342, 346, 348), and ecology and evolution (344, 370, 375, 380, 384, 389).
Senior thesis students are expected to enroll in Biology 492 in the fall semester and in Biology 494 (Senior Thesis) in the spring semester of their senior year.
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