Virions:Dead or Alive?

powerj at powerj at
Thu Apr 27 02:25:49 EST 1995

In regards to Viable=Life. Is not a one of the defining criteria for life
metabolism? A virus particle utilizes the energy production facilities of the
host cell to produce vP's as it does not have its own. Also is'nt the ability to replicate also a defining factor ? A VParticle can not self-replicate.
without the host-cells assistence. 
I would like to hear some other views on this as it has always been my understanding that a virus is merely encapsedated NA, period.

Jeff Power
powerj at

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