Are viruses living or non living?
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Virus can be both a living and a non living thing. Therefore, it is intermediate between living and non living organisms…
Reasons why virus is living:
1. Contain genetic material: Virus possess genome DNA or RNA but cannot grow independently.
2. Virus can reproduce: Virus need host organism for its survival as they do not have cellular machinery that is required for its multiplication, thus they need a living cell.
Therefore, they can only reproduce in living host cells and is non living outside the body or non living host.
Reasons why virus is non-living:
1. Inactivity of virus outside the host cell: Virus becomes inactive or become crystal outside the host cell which is the property of non living.
2. Non-cellular organisation: Viruses do not have cellular structure which means absence of many cells components such as organelles, plasma membrane and ribosomes.
- 30 Jun 2021 @ 06:00