Is a virus alive?

Cheng Luo cheng.luo at plantphys.umu.se
Tue Feb 4 00:51:40 EST 1997


R. BAKER wrote:
> 
> Is a virus a living organism or not???  A virus can reproduce only in a
> host cell and must rely on the host cell's metabolism.  What constitues a
> virus as alive or non-living????
> russ Yes! it is, they are living organism untill denatured enough so that 
lost the capbilitoes for adroption and injection. Of course it is a 
pholospher's question if you sider the metabolism in vitro and so on. 
Have you learn some Virology?   Cheng



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