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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
alone.

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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