Are Viruses Living?
craigm at sanger.otago.ac.nz
Wed Apr 19 17:42:06 EST 1995
This seems to be a question with no answer. I would argue that there is
some essential difference between the life of say, a bacterium and that
of a virus. Viruses have the property of replication under very
specific cirmcumstances (ie within a host cell) but I believe there
some chemicals are capable of similar activity (but I can give no
references for this claim). The property of replication is not
equivalent to life in the sense that a bacterium (or whatever) is
As a previous poster suggested, viruses should be considered viruses
because they are viruses.
Craig Marshall Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
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