From what I recall of my several biology classes, they're dead.
@Jeremy Gill Its not as easy as that. There are still debates going on to this day about whether or not viruses are living or non-living. There is evidence for both sides, and there is still research that needs to be found to settle the debate.
Viruses are not made out of cells, they can’t keep themselves in a stable state, they don’t grow, etc.
But as you say, it's a unique case which can be argued either way. I lean towards dead, or at least not truly alive, but more research is needed.
Hmm. In my personal opinion, I'm leaning towards alive. They do have properties of both a living thing and a non-living thing, but I think viruses have enough living properties to be considered a living organism.
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