Is a virus alive?
Dr E. Buxbaum
EB15 at le.ac.uk
Tue Feb 4 12:34:07 EST 1997
"R. BAKER" <rubaker at nmsu.edu> 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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