Why is it important to study life science?

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Life sciences are concerned with plants, animals, microorganisms, zoology, anatomy, and other living things. Examples of life sciences are biology, molecular biology, cellular biology, and genetics.

Advances in the biological branch of the life sciences are helping in the following ways:

- Create transgenic crops that are resistant to parasitic infections in order to increase crop yields. This will help to increase food production in order to feed people around the world.

- Create plant-based alternative fuel sources in order to decrease the amount of air pollution in Earth.

- Use natural decomposers in order to decrease the amount of waste on Earth.  

Advances in the medical branches of the life sciences are helping in the following ways:

- Use the genomic code to identify genetic predispositions to cancer. In this way, people that have such dispositions can be perform preventative measures before they have full-blown cancer.

- Use stem cells to form organs for transplant purposes.

- Help find cures to infections.  

Additionally, life sciences teach the process of analyzing and applying information. This process is a skill that is beneficial to have all aspects of life.

By no means is this an exhaustive list, but I hope it gives you an idea of the importance of the life sciences!

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