Is a virus alive?
p.french at ARNIE.CFI.UNSW.EDU.AU
Tue Feb 4 17:46:34 EST 1997
Dr E. Buxbaum wrote:
>"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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