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Viruses vs bacteria

Fri Oct 20 07:40:50 EST 1995

>> David N. Levy:
>> I would add that (most fundamentally) viruses are always obligate
>> intracellular parasites, whereas bacteria are often free living.  Also,
>> viruses are essentially without endogenous metabolism outside their
>> host and are thus considered non-living by many or most biologists or
>> at least within a grey area of the definition of "life".

>But then, most biologists are not virologists...and anyone with 
>access to the very excellent Luria et al. "General Virology", 3rd 
>Edn, will very quickly realise:
>a) viruses are DIFFERENT to cellular lifeforms, but no less worthy of 
>being called alive; and
>b) it all depends on what your definitions of "life" and "organisms" 
>Viruses live OK...!


I wholeheartedly agree!!!

Bart Corsaro
Wyeth-Lederle Vaccines and Pediatrics

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