Is a virus alive?

Oladele A. OGUNSEITAN oaogunse at UCI.EDU
Mon Feb 3 13:48:57 EST 1997

On Sat, 1 Feb 1997, R. BAKER wrote:

> Is a virus a living organism or not???  A virus can reproduce only in a 
> host cell and must rely on the host cell's metabolism.  What constitues a 
> virus as alive or non-living????
> russ

Is a human being alive or not ???  A human can reproduce only on Earth 
and must rely on  metabolic reactions of other organisms (plants etc.)

Hope this response helps!

_ Dele

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