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Viruses Might Be Actual Living Creatures

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#16    Chooky88

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:00 AM

I had this argument with my Biology teacher in 1984. It's alive because it reproduces and reacts to external stimuli . just because it doesn't have the qualities of other organisms such as bacteria doesn't mean we have the right to say it's not a living thing. And I'll e-slap anyone who says fire qualifies as living as it consumes oxygen, reproduces and reacts to external stimuli. Teacher said that and I almost slapped him!

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:28 AM

View Post.Betta, on 19 March 2013 - 04:55 AM, said:

Of course viruses are living things lol
They are concdiered to be neither living nor dead


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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:47 AM

View PostStill Waters, on 16 March 2013 - 07:50 PM, said:

Research published last week in Nature appears to add another point to the controversial argument that viruses might be living creatures.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 04:09 PM

View PostChooky88, on 19 March 2013 - 10:00 AM, said:

I had this argument with my Biology teacher in 1984. It's alive because it reproduces and reacts to external stimuli . just because it doesn't have the qualities of other organisms such as bacteria doesn't mean we have the right to say it's not a living thing. And I'll e-slap anyone who says fire qualifies as living as it consumes oxygen, reproduces and reacts to external stimuli. Teacher said that and I almost slapped him!

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 07:00 PM

they are uncomfortable calling 'virus' "Living Creatures" because that would make "Viruses" Immortal

they feel more comfort with viruses not living so viruses not dying doesn't matter

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 07:44 PM

View PostThe New Richard Nixon, on 19 March 2013 - 10:28 AM, said:

They are concdiered to be neither living nor dead
Undead?

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 07:45 PM

Of course they are. To suggest they're not is as ludicrous as scientists claiming animals have no emotions or personalities like we do.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 05:45 PM

Living or not, to be or not to be? Many parisites are simple compared with their free-living relatives. Worms that live in the gut may not posess a digestive system, absorbing nutrients by osmosis as it were. While similar species that live in water or soil have a fully functional digestive system. So the question my be: are viruses degenerate organisms reduced to such a simple state that the require a living cell to reproduce? Perhaps they were once more complex, akin to bacteria or other simple life, but over time only parasitic forms survived. These are very complex little bundles of DNA and it begs the questions could they even have existed before cellular organisms?





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