Living virus?

Schembari3 schembari3 at aol.com
Sat Sep 12 00:17:10 EST 1998


On 8/29/98  laydeebug0 at aol.com Wrote:


>Some scientists consider them living because they can reproduce, but others
>say
>they're nonliving because they can't reproduce without a host. 

What about phytoplasmas?  They cannot be cultured outside of the host and they
cannot reproduce outside of the host. Several other groups of bacteria as well
as some fungi cannot grow outside of the normal host. Are these not living?

A virus can mutate and evolve, a good indication of life. 

Just my .02 worth.  

Angelo

Angelo Schembari
SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Syracuse, NY




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