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Virus vs. Bacteria

Peter pemanuel at umabnet.ab.edu
Tue Oct 17 11:31:04 EST 1995

In article <45pffl$mte at vivaldi.telepac.pt>, vortex at telepac.pt (Luis
Santos) wrote:

> Hi to all.
> I´d like some one to explaine me what is the difference between a
> Virus and a Bacteria.
> Thanx.

A bacteria is a single celled organism capable of replicating on its own
A virus is an obligate intracellular parasite which relies upon a host to
propogate.  By some definitions it is not alive since it cannot exist

Each has a DNA genome which encode their proteins however a virus often
relies upon host proteins to fufill its functions.

Luis this is so basic you could have looked it up.  Why didn't you?

Peter Emanuel Ph.D.
University of Maryland
School of Medicine
410-706-429410-706-8012 FAX

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