Is a virus alive?

Wayne Stalder w.stalder at
Mon Feb 3 02:15:19 EST 1997

This queation is subjective it depends on whether or not you define living
in terms of reproductive ability, if so than yes, a virus is a living
orgamism. If however you define life as self reproducing only than a virus
comes into its own catagory of anomaly

On Sat, 1 Feb 1997, R. BAKER wrote:

> Is a virus a living organism or not????  It can reproduce but must rely 
> on the host cell and the host cell's metabolism?  What constitutes a 
> virus as alive or non-living?

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