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Bacteria and Viruses?

Arthur Chandler arthurc at crl.com
Mon Sep 9 19:55:56 EST 1996


 A question from a non-biologist (who has been reading Stephen Gould's 
new book, *Full House*). Gould asserts (page 170):

  "...bacteria lie right next to the left wall of minimal conceivable 
complexity. Life therefore began with a bacterial mode."

 My questions:

 1) Are viruses more or less complex than bacteria?
 2) Are viruses alive?

  



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