Is a virus alive?

Stephen W. Mamber Stephen_W._Mamber at ccMail.bms.com
Thu Feb 13 15:13:16 EST 1997

cigolott at nbnet.nb.ca wrote:
> 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.

But I would call a virus an ACELLULAR obligate parasite whereas
mycoplasmas have a prokaryotic cell structure.


mamber at synapse.bms.com

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