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Is a virus alive?

cigolott at nbnet.nb.ca cigolott at nbnet.nb.ca
Tue Feb 4 23:26:54 EST 1997


In message <Pine.SUN.3.91.970201140709.833G-100000 at dante> -
"R. BAKER" <rubaker at nmsu.edu> writes:
]
]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


Rgere are also obligate intracellular parasites that do the
same thing. Mycoplasms come to mind.





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