organism organism  /ˈɔr ɡə ˌnɪ zəm/


  1. (n) a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
  2. (n) a system considered analogous in structure or function to a living body

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  1. Stocktrek Corbis The fact that organisms can survive in extreme seemingly lethal conditions is nothing new.
  2. A remarkably adaptive microorganism in Antarctica suggests how life could have survived on Mars.
  3. For now, his work is limited to a one-celled organism, but it could advance fast.


  1. Electrofuels: Charged Microbes May "Poop Out" a Gasoline Alternative

    Run current through genetically engineered microorganisms, and they produce gasoline substitute. Can U.S.-funded electrofuels research finish the drive from lab to market?
    on June 18, 2013     Source: National Geographic

  2. Scientists identify neurons that control feeding behavior in Drosophila

    Scientists have developed a novel transgenic system which allows them to remotely activate individual brain cells in the model organism Drosophila using ambient temperature. This powerful new tool for identifying and characterizing neural circuitry has lead to the identification of a pair of neurons-– now called Fdg neurons-- in the fruit fly that decide when to eat and initiate the subsequent ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Science Daily

  3. ‘World War Z’ Features Brad Pitt and Undead Hordes

    For “World War Z,” his zombie spectacular, the director Marc Forster sought to create legions of the undead that move together like a collective organism.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: New York Times

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  1. "When it's good, you feel like you are one with the orchestra - like you're one organism," an exhausted but elated Jansons said later, backstage.
    on Mar 15, 2009 By: Mariss Jansons Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding says "We are considering his ability to transmit, but also the seriousness of this organism and the chance that some passenger on this plane could be one that was at a special risk for serious TB."
    on May 29, 2007 By: Julie Gerberding Source:

  3. "What we are reporting in this Science paper is not anything about a synthetic organism," Venter said.
    on Jul 7, 2006 By: Craig Venter Source: Ninemsn

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