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Are viruses living or dead?

  1. Cooper Gerrick profile image74
    Cooper Gerrickposted 10 months ago

    Are viruses living or dead?

  2. Jeremy Gill profile image96
    Jeremy Gillposted 10 months ago

    From what I recall of my several biology classes, they're dead.

  3. Cooper Gerrick profile image74
    Cooper Gerrickposted 10 months ago

    @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.

    1. Jeremy Gill profile image96
      Jeremy Gillposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      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.

    2. Cooper Gerrick profile image74
      Cooper Gerrickposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      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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