what is alive?

Mike O'Hara mohara at ihug.co.nz
Fri Sep 13 14:42:54 EST 1996

Carrying on from the original question (are viruses alive) and looking 
at Mario Vaneechoutte's definition, how do people feel about 'alive' for 
the BSE agent. At this stage it looks to be a variant protein form that 
perpetuates its structure by altering non-variant forms (the ultimate in 
political conversions). One would have to suppose that the variant form 
arose in some way and has since perpetuated itself. 

I may burn in hell for continuing this discussion. I start to struggle 
at these levels, i can make a case either way as far as 
living/non-living goes..

Mike O'Hara

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