Is a virus alive?

Peter French p.french at ARNIE.CFI.UNSW.EDU.AU
Tue Feb 4 17:46:34 EST 1997

Dr E. Buxbaum wrote:
>"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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