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Are Viruses Alive?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 9/9/2015 Category: Science
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Today many scientists think viruses are alive while many scientists think viruses are not alive. Do you agree with those who consider viruses alive, or those that do not?


I will first define virus as provided by merriam webster "an extremely small living thing that causes a disease and that spreads from one person or animal to another" [1]. Thereby a virus is a living thing.
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Posted by electric_fusion15 3 years ago
viruses are living, even though they are asellular and cannot perform basic functions without a host. They're capable of evolution, carrying a genetic code, and replication of themselves. What nonliving creature does that?
Posted by Paty 3 years ago
Viruses are non living because even though they posses some of the characteristics of life, they also lack on many.
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Reasons for voting decision: I was tempted to give Pro the argument points here but I didn't. Con's position in this debate was to prove that viruses are not alive and they proved that they were. Pro needed even the weakest argument to win this debate but since they didn't provide an argument this debate is a tie.