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Are viruses considered living?

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Are viruses considered living?

Postby BiohStewdent » Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:42 am

I have been wondering about this for a while.
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Postby Blueberrysplash » Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:53 am

Well.. there has been a lot of debating going on among biologists, regarding this matter..
As much as I know, virus are living ONLY after they infect a host.. They are in crystalline state when outside the body of a host. The protein coat imparts them their inertness(i guess). And when they infect a host, they lose the protein coat & inject their RNA/DNA into the host. This genetic material then multiplies & infects other cells of the host..
This info is like a drop in an ocean of knowledge.. I'm sure there's a lot more to it!

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