By Lynn D. Newton

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Feedback at the molecular level, for instance, in the control of the production of a digestive enzyme in bacteria, is comparatively quite simple. However, regardless of the detail, the maintenance of systems occurs through negative feedback. The principle of negative feedback can be illustrated by the maintenance of the correct temperature in an oven. Suppose a thermostat is set to maintain an oven temperature of 200 degrees Celsius (200°C). If the temperature is below this value, a current is sent through the heating elements and heat energy is transferred, causing a rise in temperature.

Plants take in substances for photosynthesis and use the products, along with minute traces of substances from the soil, to maintain themselves. Whatever the substance, it needs to arrive at the organisms cells in the quantities necessary for the cells to be able to maintain their conditions. All organisms have evolved structures and mechanisms to be able to maintain their supply of essential substances. For instance, plants require light energy to be able to raise the energy level of an electron in a chlorophyll molecule so that The living world 33 carbon dioxide can react chemically with water to make glucose and oxygen.

1996) described a scientifically literate student as possessing knowledge and understanding of fundamental scientific concepts, having an awareness that scientific endeavours are human activities laden with values and exhibiting an appreciation of the process involved in scientific reasoning. Moreover, a scientifically literate citizen must comprehend the relationship between science and the economy, democracy and culture (Millar, 1996). It is imperative that scientific literacy enables a student to distinguish evidence, understand probabilities and evaluate statements or claims (Hurd, 1998).

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