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Host

An organism that is infected with or is fed upon by a parasitic or pathogenic organism (for example, a virus, nematode, fungus). The term can also be applied, loosely, to a plant supporting an epiphyte.


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Virus Questions [Science Fiction]

... think the most believable scenario is that it's a normal cellular organism that evolved from a virus, but still depends on a viral phase to infect hosts for reprocution, somewhat like how plants gradually transitioned from a gametophyte-dominant life cycle to a sporophyte-dominant life cycle.

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by wildfunguy
Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:31 am
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Virus Questions [Science Fiction]
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Since viruses are not alive, the answer to ALL your questions is NO. BTW how do you imagine slime mold assembling? Viruses live only inside their hosts and there's ongoing discussion whether they are alive outside of hosts, but there is no metabolism, no perception etc. As far as I know, slime ...

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by Tenebrae
Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:13 pm
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Virus Questions [Science Fiction]
Replies: 3
Views: 1479

Virus Questions [Science Fiction]

Since viruses are not alive, the answer to ALL your questions is NO. BTW how do you imagine slime mold assembling? Viruses live only inside their hosts and there's ongoing discussion whether they are alive outside of hosts, but there is no metabolism, no perception etc.

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by JackBean
Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:14 pm
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Virus Questions [Science Fiction]
Replies: 3
Views: 1479

Living or not? (viruses,viroids and prions).

... either the ancestral virus had a larger collection and its descendants have lost different ones, or each virus picked up different genes from its hosts through a process called horizontal gene transfer. The authors favor the former explanation, because most of the genes specific to one of the ...

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by Sumanth001
Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:37 pm
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Living or not? (viruses,viroids and prions).
Replies: 15
Views: 18011

Living or not? (viruses,viroids and prions).

... some characteristics with viruses. They're no ordinary parasites, they're obligate intracellular parasites , entering inside the cells of their hosts as a requirement for survival (thus making it "obligatory"). The chlamydias have two forms, transforming into the reproductive reticulate ...

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by wildfunguy
Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:20 pm
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Living or not? (viruses,viroids and prions).
Replies: 15
Views: 18011
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