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Viruses as intelligent organisms

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Postby shaunie » Sat Jun 25, 2005 9:14 pm

I wouldn't consider them intelligent (although yes to alive but thats not the issue) because yes they can "outsmart" certain cells, but thats only because its a progrmed response that their DNA/RNA directs.
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Postby MrMistery » Sun Jun 26, 2005 7:58 pm

Hmm... There could be an interesting discussion here. If intelligence is native(and most people say it is) than you can say that an intelligent response is something commanded by your DNA a long time ago(the formation of neurons etc) that is happening now... Of course you can not say that..
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Postby opuntia » Tue Jul 19, 2005 4:26 pm

Charlene wrote:Cells are considered to be the basic units of life, thus viruses are often not considered to be living organisms because they have no cellular structure.

some books say that it's considered non-living because it's metabolically inactive unless inside the body of it's host.
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Postby Poison » Tue Jul 19, 2005 5:10 pm

There are a number of reasons why viruses are considered to be non-living.
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Postby MrMistery » Tue Jul 19, 2005 8:04 pm

Use the search function, this is only the 150th time this discussion appears on the forum
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