Viruses are Life Forms

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PetersSmith says2015-04-09T13:59:22.6146700-05:00
Viruses aren't alive...
Renegader says2015-04-09T14:00:51.9224880-05:00
They need a host to reproduce, and lack many other capabilities that would qualify them as alive.
briantheliberal says2015-04-09T18:03:52.8281151-05:00
Renegader, definition of alive: living, not dead. What does needing a host have to do with being alive?
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-09T18:39:14.9285539-05:00
Brian, There is a scientific requirements to be alive.
briantheliberal says2015-04-09T18:41:06.2212086-05:00
Mathgeekjoe, yes, please see the definition above.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-09T18:42:34.3862732-05:00
" living, not dead. What does needing a host have to do with being alive?" This isn't the definition of scientifically alive.
briantheliberal says2015-04-09T18:49:18.8062458-05:00
Okay then what the heck is the scientific definition? Instead of repeating yourself for no reason, show me exactly what the scientific requirements for being "alive" are.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-09T18:59:07.1740689-05:00
Key characteristics or functions of living beings are order, stimuli, reproduction, growth/development, regulation, homeostasis, and energy Source: Boundless. “Properties of Life.” Boundless Biology. Boundless, 18 Feb. 2015. Retrieved 09 Apr. 2015 from
briantheliberal says2015-04-09T19:03:52.6485789-05:00
So in a sense, viruses are both dead AND alive? Outside a living cell they are nothing but organic matter. Inside the cell they assume some properties of life.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-09T19:07:45.1348237-05:00
They aren't even alive in the cell. A virus is like transport package of mind control dna. Once a cell gets mind controlled it makes more mind control transports. The virus is never alive.
briantheliberal says2015-04-09T19:09:28.3229235-05:00
Okay interesting information.

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