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[Gofriends] Mistake in GO structure?

Wacek Kusnierczyk waku at
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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