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Virus... alive? or not?


Apr 30 2010, 01:23 AM (Post #1)
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As usual, i can't stop mulling over something in my head.
in this case, the topic of the virus.

it is constantly argued whether or not a virus is a living organism. and although it lacks many traits of a living thing, it goes the other way as well for things that point toward living.

please, debate.
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Apr 30 2010, 01:26 AM (Post #2)
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Personally I consider all living things to be viruses. They have the desire to reproduce for no reason.
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Apr 30 2010, 02:06 AM (Post #3)
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they do what I said for a living thing, in my other post, on another thread. Also, they are killable. What more do you want?
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May 1 2010, 04:41 AM (Post #4)
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QUOTE (Magic Man @ Apr 29 2010, 09:06 PM)
Also, they are killable.  What more do you want?
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True, if you can kill them, it's presumed they are alive. But viruses are fascinating nonetheless, because they bring up this debate. Their structure and components really throws one off...what incredible things the microscope has let us see...
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May 4 2010, 02:56 AM (Post #5)
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I tend to think of viruses as living organisms. even if people tell me they aren't. But plasmids and transposons are definitely in the dead category.
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May 4 2010, 02:34 PM (Post #6)
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QUOTE (Tricia @ May 3 2010, 09:56 PM)
I tend to think of viruses as living organisms. even if people tell me they aren't. But plasmids and transposons are definitely in the dead category.
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aww, poor transposons =(. I used to keep one as a pet, and it went and integrated itself into a chromosome. I was so upset.
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May 10 2010, 03:04 PM (Post #7)
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I feel that viruses are alive. They all serve basic functions, and they all work to try to stay alive and thrive in the host. In that sense, you could say that they have instincts. So yeah, I think they're alive.
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May 11 2010, 02:56 AM (Post #8)
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QUOTE (Dancing Fool @ May 10 2010, 10:04 AM)
they all work to try to stay alive and thrive in the host.  In that sense, you could say that they have instincts.  So yeah, I think they're alive.
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Good point.
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Jun 3 2010, 05:49 PM (Post #9)
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indeed
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Jun 4 2010, 04:39 AM (Post #10)
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QUOTE (Dancing Fool @ May 10 2010, 07:04 AM)
I feel that viruses are alive.  They all serve basic functions, and they all work to try to stay alive and thrive in the host.  In that sense, you could say that they have instincts.  So yeah, I think they're alive.
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Isn't that circular?
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