Are viruses living?

mmg6 mmg6 at psu.edu
Sun Apr 30 16:26:00 EST 1995


Any thing that replicates, has heritable traits and exhibits variation
in a population should be considered living.

John Maynard Smith (from a lecture given at Penn State University).

Viruses meet all the above criteria - they are alive!

Well that's my two cents worth.

Cheers,

Michael



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