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virus debate-help needed

Fri Jan 20 11:53:35 EST 1995

Steve wrote

>My reflection on that is that while viruses do "reproduce" thus extending 
>their genetic information in time, and subject to selection pressure, 
>they do not meet the criteria set forth scribbled in the margin of notes 
>from one of my own biology classes: "to live is to excrete".  -Steve Harwood

I would disagree that viruses do not "excrete" (i.e. form waste products).  
Whereas human waste product are more visible viruses  form waste on a much 
smaller scale.  For example, I would consider ADP and AMP the waste products of 
ATP.  So from your own definition I would consider viruses living but very 
parasitic organisms.

Bart Corsaro
Lederle-Praxis Biologicals
West Henrietta, NY 14586-9728
EMail: Bart_Corsaro_at_USLRMG01 at internetmail.pr.cyanamid.com

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