What Makes Something Alive?

Answer

For something to be alive, it has to have all seven of the characteristics of life. The characteristics are having cells, having cellular organization, using energy, responding to their environment, growing, reproducing, and adaptation.
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Genetic code - DNA or RNA; copies passed down from parents to offspring. Grows & develops - Ex. Seed to Plant or Egg&sperm to fetus to infant to child to adult. Responds to
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