How do viruses relate to the characteristics of life?

1 Answer
Jul 28, 2015

Viruses do not have any characteristics of life.


Viruses are not made of cells, they do not require energy, they do not reproduce on their own, they do not grow or develop.

They have a protein coat and genetic material, either DNA or RNA, which allow them to enter a host cell, combine its genetic material with the host's DNA, which will turn the host cell into a virus factory, in which the cell will manufacture virus parts and assemble them according to the instructions in the virus genetic material.