Are viruses living organisms?

Ed Rybicki ED at molbiol.uct.ac.za
Tue Nov 28 02:43:42 EST 1995


>     Does anyone know of important conclusive studies or articles which
> show proof that viruses can be considered organisms?  Also if you know a
> lot about this question please write to me, I'm in need of some expert
> evidence and advice which proves this fact for a research paper in my AP
> Biology class. Anything which will help me convince my teacher that
> viruses are organisms will be much appreciated.

Any biology teacher who thinks that viruses are not organisms needs 
their head or their credentials examined.

For a quick fix (with references) look at 
http://www.bocklabs.wisc.edu/ed/virtut1.html
http://www.uct.ac.za/microbiology/virtut1.html (more up to date)
                     Ed Rybicki, PhD  
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