Living virus?

Stefanie Greve S.Greve at tu-bs.de
Mon Aug 24 15:14:03 EST 1998


Trond Erik wrote:
> 
> Hello
> 
> I know that virus is not a living organism, but is it still normal to
> refer to a functionable virus as "living"?
> 
> The reason for this question is some quotas I've read in newspapers.
> It's about the danger of finding intact and active virus in a 80 year
> old grave containing corpses who died of a disease caused by this virus.
> 
> Commenting on this risk, many scientists referred to such viruses as
> "living". It struck me as strange to call a biological robot as being
> alive, just as strange as calling my car living when it's not broken, or
> 
> my computer living when it's not crashed.
> 
> Sincerely,
> Trond Erik Vee Aune
As you wrote you read it in a newspaper and not in ascientific journal.
Most quotes are not as accurate as they should be, I am afraid.

Stefanie



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