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Virus vs. Bacteria

brett brett at BORCIM.WUSTL.EDU
Tue Oct 17 22:19:24 EST 1995


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

Gee Peter, for a minute there I thought you were describing rickettsiae.
7-)




Brett Lindenbach
    
Program in Immunology                              
Washington University - St Louis                  
brett at borcim.wustl.edu                             

"I own my own pet virus. I get to pet and name her." - Cobain




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