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You are searching for life in a sample of dirt. How would you assess whether or not some thing you discover is truly alive? Which of the characteristics of life would allow you to distinguish between a living or formerly living (now dead) organism? If you had evidence that carbon dioxide was being converted to glucose, what would you conclude about the presence of a living organism in your sample? Be sure to think through and explain your ideas and answers.
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