Biology and its Branches

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What is Biology?

Biology is defined as the branch of science that deals with the study of living organisms. It has been divided into two main subdivisions- Zoology (the study of living animals) and Botany (the study of living plants).

Various Branches of Biology:

  • Parasitology- is the branch of biology that deals with the study of parasites (disease-causing organisms).
  • Taxonomy- is the branch of biology that deals with identifying, naming (nomenclature) and classifying organisms into various groups.
  • Morphology- is the study of form and external structure.
  • Anatomy- is the study of internal structure.
  • Histology- is the study of cells and tissues with the help of a microscope.
  • Cell Biology- deals with the structure, function, reproduction and all other activities of a cell itself.
  • Molecular Biology- is the study of the Physico-chemical organisation of biomolecules such as nucleic acids, the composition of organic compounds and mechanisms of their synthesis.
  • Physiology- is the study of various processes and functions of life.
  • Embryology- is the study of various events and changes that occur in the formation of a zygote, the development of an embryo and its transformation into a complete individual.
  • Ecology- is the branch of biology which deals with the relation between organisms and their environment.
  • Genetics- is the study of the inheritance of characters from parents to offsprings.
  • Evolution- is the formation of new species from pre-existing ones as a result of a slow and continuous process.
  • Palaeo-biology- deals with the study of origin, structure and growth of various forms of life that have existed in the past and only their fossils are available now.
  • Exo-biology- is a branch of biology which deals with the kind of life that may exist in outer space.
  • Anthropology- is the study of mankind, especially of its society and customs, structure and evolution of man.
  • Agronomy- is the science of soil management and crop production.
  • Pathology- is the science dealing with the nature of diseases, their causes, symptoms and effects.
  • Veterinary Medicine- deals with the diseases of animals and their health care.
  • Entomology- is the study of insects.
  • Sericulture- is the breeding and treatment of silkworms for producing raw silk.
  • Apiculture- is the rearing of bees for commercial purpose.
  • Micro-biology- is the science dealing with the structure, function and uses of microscopic organisms.
  • Poultry science- deals with domestic fowls, chickens, ducks etc.
  • Pharmacology- is the science dealing with drugs, their sources, chemistry, action and uses.
  • Forensic Medicine- deals with the legal aspects of medicine.
  • Limnology- is the study that deals with the freshwater lakes, ponds and streams in relation to plants and animals.
  • Immunology- is the study of the resistance of organisms against infection.
  • Biochemistry- is the study that deals with chemical reactions in relation to life activities.
  • Ethology- is the study of the behaviour of animals.

Importance of the study of Life Science:

  • The study of life science is important for human life as it helps man to understand his own body and mind.
  • It helps to know various life activities going on in the body of living organisms and thus, establish their main characteristics for the benefit of the human race.
  • It helps to understand and appreciate nature and natural laws.
  • It helps to know the relationship of living beings with the environment.
  • It helps to know about the type of diseases from which the living beings can suffer and thus, find out the remedial measures.
  • It enables us to understand the economic importance of animals and plants related to medicine, industry, agriculture etc.
  • It enables us to understand the ways and means of conserving natural resources.
  • It helps us to solve various problems such as radiation hazards, shortage of food, overpopulation, diseases etc.
  • It can serve as a foundation for such professions as medicine, dentistry, agriculture, nursing, fishery, forestry, bacteriology etc.
  • For research work.

In general, life sciences can be of tremendous importance and use in human welfare.

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