Chemistry and Biology
What is the difference between Chemistry and Biology?
Not much anymore. They are integrated in all ways. We only separate them
to categorize different aspects of the whole science picture. Biology
used to be living things and chemistry dealt with the interactions of
chemicals, but life is examined now at the chemical level so there is
little difference. This up-coming century will become the "Century of
Biology" but it would better be described as the "Century of Biochemistry".
The basic difference is that biology deals with living
material, chemistry with dead material that has not
been alive.Themes in biology range from animals and
plants to microorganisms and viruses. Since living
things use the same chemical principles as a chemist
(but not always the same conditions) they deal with
alot of the same processes. The field of chemistry in
living material is correctly called Biochemistry and
this is somewhere inbetween Biology and Chemistry. So
when looking what is happening inside a cell, it is no
longer clear whether this is Biology or Chemistry. It
is Natural Sciences.
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Update: June 2012