The third thing you don't talk about over dinner

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For those convinced that viruses are alive, what convinced you?


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I was under the impression that the majority of people don’t believe that viruses, or prions, are alive.

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The idea (seen I don’t remember where) that the infected cell is the living thing and the virion is its spore.


Viruses as a species fit my definition of life as a self-organizing dynamic process/structure which adapts to its environment. Viruses as individuals to do not fit my definition of life. As individuals they are just a collection of molecules. They represent a point on the continuum between life and non-life. Not only is life highly quantitative in numerous ways, but there are many non-living processes with self-organizing features of living organisms such as absorbing energy and materials from their environment to maintain their own dynamic structure.

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