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Theme from Bio 334B

by Greg Crowther


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Structure and function reflect one another;
If you know one, you can guess the other.
With the lungs, the surface area is deluxe,
So the function may involve a diffusive flux.

It's comparative animal physiology.
(Comparative animal physiology.)
Structure and function are complimentary
In comparative animal physiology.

Evolution yields adaptation,
And short-term change is acclimatization.
If it's cold one day, you can't evolve,
But you shiver a lot, and the problem is solved.

It's comparative animal physiology.
(Comparative animal physiology.)
Change is induced environmentally
In comparative animal physiology.

Does my environment have the same traits as me?
There's regulation and conformity.
Marine invertebrates osmoconform,
But in freshwater, osmoregulation is the norm.

It's comparative animal physiology.
(Comparative animal physiology.)
Conform or regulate -- what's it gonna be?
It's comparative animal physiology.

In negative feedback, an error is sensed;
Then the body makes the error signal less intense.
If blood sugar's high, an alarm will sound,
And the insulin response will bring it back down.

It's comparative animal physiology.
(Comparative animal physiology.)
Feedback prevents catastrophe
In comparative animal physiology.


Comments

This rap is an overview of four major themes of comparative animal physiology: structure vs. function, adaptation vs. acclimatization, conformity vs. regulation, and feedback control. It was written and performed for students in Biology 334B in the fall of 2002.