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In the first chapter of the Biology 1st module of introduction it is said that the non living things can create the one living cell and after some explanation it is said that non living things cannot create any of the living thing. why?


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Some non-living things are made up of dead cells of once-living organisms, but most non-living things are not made up of cells. Unless the object comes directly from a living thing, though, it’s unlikely to be made up of intact cells.

The most notable exceptions: wood is made of dead cells, and most of household dust is made up of dead cells, as are wool, leather, hair, and so on.

There are a few other, more interesting boundary cases: Fossils, for example, certainly retain some of the pattern of intact once-living cells.

IMHO, the most interesting one to discuss is plastic. Most plastics are derived from crude oil, which current theory suggests is effectively the broken-down remains of long-dead organisms. As such, you could argue that most plastics are mostly comprised of material that was once in a living cell. On the other hand, it’s impossible for any of those cells to survive that process intact, so, plastic isn’t really formed from cells in the way I think you’re asking, although it has some of the same ingredients.

Most non-living materials such as bulk metals (steel, aluminium, etc.) and ceramics, glass and so on, aren’t formed from cells.

Please read the explanation carefully.

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