Life Science looks into the building blocks of life on Planet Earth. Biology, Anatomy, Ecology, Botany and Zoology are some of the major areas of study and research, however, each main area is divided into numerous other, specific disciplines which provide greater insight into how and why life works in such miraculous ways. Each animal or plant presents new opportunities for in-depth study and understanding, revealing how the symphony and ever-changing manifestations of living creatures affect themselves and each other.
New discoveries in Genetics have unlocked mysteries which can solve human suffering from deadly afflictions like cancer and genetic defects. Even human life and the lives of other creatures can be enhanced and lengthened through the development of new genetic codes and better understanding of how genetics evolves in each generation of any living organism.
Marine Biology studying the life cycles and activities of animals living in the oceans, rivers and lakes has created ground-breaking information in the way all beings have evolved and adapted to the constantly-changing environment on Earth. Ecological studies have dispelled myths and misconceptions about the interplay of plants and animals in any given environment and how that microcosm of life can affect a wider-ranging set of conditions in a given ecosystem.
Global Warming, El Nino and La Nina ocean currents, and even specific conditions that result in hurricanes crossing the oceans have begun to see the effects of studying the make-up of mankind, plants and animals and how they can be a factor in modern daily life. Plants and animals have been studied to determine if they are accurate predictors of weather patterns, ocean current changes and other ecological phenomenon. Science can now truly discern whether a butterfly’s wing beat in West Africa can be the catalyst which results in a hurricane over the Bahamas.
Interdisciplinary research coupled with wide-ranging networks of researchers, scientists and students have helped expose connections between man, plants and animals which were unheard of less than twenty years ago. Continuing exploration into the natural world and Life Sciences will answer important questions regarding man’s place in the cycle of life.