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[Gofriends] Mistake in GO structure?
waku at idi.ntnu.no
Sat Jan 15 18:01:23 PST 2011
On 1/15/11 6:50 PM, David Hill wrote:
> The term "respiratory gaseous exchange" refers to the process in all
> organisms, even those that do not have a respiratory system. The term
> "respiratory system process" refers to only those organisms that carry
> out the exchange using a specialized respiratory system.
this term has the exact synonym "exact: respiratory gaseous exchange by
respiratory system", which make it clear that it is a specialization of
respiratory gaseous exchange, within the context of the go.
respiration is not necessarily breathing. cellular respiration is not.
however, i must admit that the subsumption of respiratory system process
by respiratory gaseous exchange is rather suspicious. for example,
inhaling air into lung seems to be a respiratory system process, but
calling it respiratory gaseous exchange just doesn't sound right.
breathing and gaseous exchange are parts of a process that might be
called 'respiration' (but in a different, more inclusive sense than
'cellular respiration'), but they are distinct.
so you're right about how things are in the go. but i also think that
the go has it wrong; misleading at best.
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