Is a virus alive?

Dr E. Buxbaum EB15 at
Tue Feb 4 12:34:07 EST 1997

"R. BAKER" <rubaker at> 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?

Nop, it can NOT reproduce. It can only make cells to reproduce it, which 
is a fundamental difference. Viruses also lack metabolism, another of the 
characteristics of live.

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