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Is a virus alive

taguebw at wfu.edu taguebw at wfu.edu
Wed Feb 5 06:52:59 EST 1997

tylee wrote:
> I read only some of the other responses and I agree that it is just a
> semantic argument depending on the definitions used. Is a virus a living
> organism? I'll skip the "living" argument and go straignt for the
> "organism" part. An organism is an animal or plant having diverse organs
> and parts that function together as a whole to maintain life and its
> activities. Because I have never seen a liver, brain, kidney or any other
> organs in a virus, I do not think it is a living organism.

Does that mean that bacteria, single cell yeast, etc. are not 
organisms? They are certainly living even under the "strict" 
definition of life.


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