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To: Olog-hai

I knew that there was a controversy about whether viruses are life forms or not but if not living beings what the heck would they be?


10 posted on 03/01/2013 9:56:43 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: TigersEye

I remain in the camp that viruses aren’t alive. They don’t eat or metabolize at all, they don’t reproduce, and they do nothing if there aren’t other living things around for them to subvert. They can only trick other living things into making more copies of themselves. Being able to passively defeat an immune system changes nothing. To me, they aren’t living beings, they’re loophole-like pathological special cases of replication gone wrong.


12 posted on 03/01/2013 10:37:52 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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