>> 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.