How are cell respiration and photosynthesis related to each other? Think about the chemical equations that represent photosynthesis and cell respiration. Do you think we could have cell respiration without photosynthesis?
In the second half of the 1700s, a scientist by the name of Joseph Priestley conducted a groundbreaking experiment that nicely demonstrates the tight relationship that exists between cellular respiration and photosynthesis. His experiment was quite simple. He placed a mouse in a sealed container, and the end result was that the mouse would suffocate to death. Priestley's next step was to place a green plant into the same jar with a new mouse. What he discovered was that the...
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