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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 8 months ago

Is virus life or non-life?

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  • 8 months ago

    Viruses are an example that make it clear that there's not a good definition of life. They're not cells, that much is clear. Most of them don't have any metabolism, but they definitely reproduce. They're cellular parasites, but if they're not alive, perhaps some other parasites shouldn't be considered alive either.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    It's on the border

    viruses do procreate, but they don't eat, secrete or metabolise anything

  • 8 months ago

    Non-life.

    No metabolism = not alive.

  • 8 months ago

    It's alive and functioning till it dehydrates or times out.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    it's more like a package of genetic code floating about looking for a host,it cannot be considered alive until it finds one.

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