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viruse debate: Are they alive?

Steven_H Harwood harwoods at AVA.BCC.ORST.EDU
Sat Jan 21 00:28:17 EST 1995

forgive me for being too pithy.  -Steve

On 20 Jan 1995, Denni Schnapp wrote:

> Re. Tara de Costa's query about the aliveness of viruses: I would not put
> it as crude as Steven Harwood ("to live is to excrete") but he has a point!
> Selection pressure comes in there somewhere! I like Steven Levy's ("Artifi-
> cial Life", Penguin Books 1993) suggestion that perhaps we should look at
> the difference between "life" and "dead" more as a diffuse transition, viruses
> being more alive than rocks and less alive than their hosts... Any suggestions?
> Greetings from bonny Scotland,
> Denni (ds4 at st-and.ac.uk)

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