Thursday, January 15, 2009

Metabolism

Metabolism is essential for maintaining life by certain chemical reactions. In the result of these reactions and phenomenon, organisms develop ability to grow and reproduce, while maintaining their structures and adopt itself according to the environment.

Types of Metabolism:
There are two types of metabolism:
1. Catabolism:
Catabolism catabolyze or breaks the organic matter and produce heat or energy as a result.

2. Anabolism
Anabolism utilize the energy produced by the catabolism of organic matter.

Factors important in metabolism:
1. Chemicals
Chemicals are important for the metabolic pathways.

2. Enzymes
These enzymes catalyze a reaction involving the chemicals. They make the environment favourable for a reaction to proceed.
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