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3: From Prokaryotes to Eukaryotes

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  • Learning Objectives

    Content Objectives

    • Get an idea of what the earliest life forms on Earth looked like.
    • Know some of the roles of cyanobacteria in ecosystems, including primary production, nitrogen fixation, and mutualisms.
    • Differentiate between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
    • Understand how cells can increase in complexity through endosymbiosis.
    • Familiarize yourself with plant cell structure and function.

    Skill Objectives

    • Successfully use the dissecting and compound microscopes to view specimens.
    • Prepare a wet mount of a specimen.
    • Differentiate between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells based on size and cellular composition.
    • Select the appropriate stain to view specific aspects of a cell.

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