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What is the biological definition for survival?

  1. Dec 21, 2005 #1
    What is the biological definition for survival? What does an organism need to survive?
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  3. Dec 21, 2005 #2

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    Survival is just living rather than dying. There's no special biological definition.

    What is needed to live? It depends on the organism. Too much carbon dioxide will kill a human being, but plants need carbon dioxide.
  4. Dec 22, 2005 #3


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    This thread has some thoughts on what is required for survival.
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    I suppose you could distinguish between the survival of an individual vs. a species...or even for a single gene. My handy dandy biology dictionary has this to offer...

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