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There are 2 processes by whicha cell can get what it needs to live. These are 1) Active transport where the cell must expend some energy to move something into the cell (like food molecules) and out of the cell (like waste). The other 2) diffusion/osmosis. Diffusion is a process where things move from areas of higher concentration to areas of lower concentration without expending any energy, like the smell of bacon cooking in a kitchen filling an entire house. Try dropping a drop of food coloring into a glass of water and, without stirring, check it a few hours later. Osmosis is the diffusion of water.

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