About microscopic forms of life, including Bacteria, Archea, protozoans, algae and fungi. Topics relating to viruses, viroids and prions also belong here.
That my friend really depends on what YOU think as INTELLIGENT. In my opinion intelligence is a personal thing. You cannot have a generally acceptable definition of that. Having said that ...commenting on the intelligence of a virus would be a mistake (better word?)
Every dog owner thinks his Tommy is intelligent - it fetches the game and obeys the master.
I agree. However, intelligence among viruses could be defined as the ability to cheat the imune system: The HIV-1 virus is the smartest of all because it can kill precisesly the cells who were suppose to kill it
But they do have DNA or RNA that symbolize as the blueprint of reproduction (we call it replication for viruses). And as we know that the biology "law" said that one category of living organism is reproduce..I consider the replication of the viruses as their wa to reproduce themselves eventhough the use some of the cells' chemical substances that the inject to reproduce.
Why should reproduction be the basic criteria? Also note that viruses can not reproduce without a host.
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When i went to the national lot, a PhD guy who was always on another planet said something really funny: "Viruses can not autoreproduce, they are autoreproduced by the host cell."
But anyway, Poison is right. Viruses can not autoreproduce so even if this were the basic criteria it wouldn't include viruses in the "living" category. But anyway, it is a matter of definition. Use the search function to find other discussions on the question of whether viruses are alive or not. I am sure we have one.
Last edited by MrMistery on Sun Jun 12, 2005 11:57 am, edited 1 time in total.
viruses are considered to be a "borderline" particles/organisms. Scientists do not consider or categorize viruses as living things since they do not possess all the characteristics of being alive. Reproduction per se is not the only characteristic of a living thing, neither metabolism and respiration. Even nonliving things does respiration through the continous oxidation of their component materials. Hence, we cannot consider respiration as a characteristic of a living thing. A living thing then is a defined as something that performs all the necessary processes of self-perpetuation.
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