DNA - is it alive?

Matthew Stanfield mattst at cogs.susx.ac.uk
Tue Apr 15 07:52:37 EST 1997


Hi I'm writing a university essay on artificial life. What I would like to
know is if DNA could under any circumstances be considered alive? What about
proteins? Bacteria, presumably, are considered alive as are viruses. At what
point do 'simple things' cease to be alive and become, say, just a chemical
reaction?

Thanks in advance. (Answers by email would be preferred.)

Thanks,
          Matthew

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