What are the 5 activities all cells must perform to stay alive?

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At the very basic level, cells need to:

  1. Get nutrients
  2. Get energy
  3. Remove Waste Products
  4. Grow
  5. Reproduce (although this is more about keeping the species alive and not required for a cell's daily survival)

They also need to be able to adapt to their surroundings.

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