Living virus?

Trond Erik teva at online.no
Mon Aug 24 00:09:41 EST 1998


I know that virus is not a living organism, but is it still normal to
refer to a functionable virus as "living"?

The reason for this question is some quotas I've read in newspapers.
It's about the danger of finding intact and active virus in a 80 year
old grave containing corpses who died of a disease caused by this virus.

Commenting on this risk, many scientists referred to such viruses as
"living". It struck me as strange to call a biological robot as being
alive, just as strange as calling my car living when it's not broken, or

my computer living when it's not crashed.

Trond Erik Vee Aune

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