Is virus a living or non-living thing?

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Mar 24, 2016

It is so as
-Viruses can be crystallised.
-They do not become active and are inert outside the host body.
-No metabolism.
-No cell organelles.
-They do not produce their own energy.

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Aug 20, 2015

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A virus is non-living

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Since a virus depends on another living organism to reproduce, which is a defining factor of a living organism, it is not considered living.

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Oct 21, 2015

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A virus is non-living. It is a substance containing just a sign of living, which is DNA or RNA.

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A virus is not actually a living thing, but it has DNA or RNA which can be injected into the cells of bacteria and other organisms.

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Oct 23, 2016

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Viruses are non-living.

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Here is why:
(1) Viruses are acellular, meaning they lack a cell membrane.
(2) Viruses are obligate parasites: they require a host cell to reproduce.
(3) Viruses lack an energy-generating system.
(4) Viruses perform no metabolic activities.

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Mar 11, 2016

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Viruses are not made of cells and they do not reproduce themselves from other pre-existing viruses.

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According to the cell theory, the cell is the basic unit of structure and function of living things, and all cells come from oher pre-existing cells by the process of cell reproduction.

Viruses are not composed of cells and do not reproduce themselves from other pre-existing viruses. The genetic material (DNA or RNA) inside the virus takes over the living host cell, and causes the cell to replicate virus parts and assemble them to make new viruses, which are released to infect more cells.

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Nov 1, 2015

Still debatable. They are called alive because they have the ability to replicate, and produce progeny. However, they can be easily crystallized and no living thing has been known to be able to do that. Plus, they cant survive without a host. In conclusion, the debate is still happening on how to classify them!

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Mar 11, 2016

Viruses are not alive because they are not composed of cells, they lack of the properties that scientists associate with living things (or organisms) and they do not reproduce (only without the aid of a host cell).

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Jul 27, 2016

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They cannot reproduce on their own.

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Scientists examine a whole host of questions when it comes to classifying something as alive.

Here's what it boils down to:

Can this thing grow and reproduce on its own?
Does it have some form of genetic material?

If any of those cases are not true, then the thing in question is considered not living.

There is a bunch of information about viruses available all around the web and in research databases, but still so much we don't know!

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