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Posted 6/30/16 , edited 6/30/16
Are viruses life?
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*I have no idea
*I don't care
Posted 6/30/16
I have DO idea
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Nobody knows. They appear to be alive but they don't meet all signs of life.
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stars201 wrote:

I have DO idea


Have a bit of a cold there? Must be the viruses.
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Posted 6/30/16
Viruses are not alive, as they do not meet the qualifications of life.
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That's right. So kill them without mercy... if you can.

If I'm not mistaken, one thing that life needs to be considered life, is the ability to reproduce by itself or with others of it's species, where viruses use a host and basically take control of and change it. They can't reproduce if all there is, is virus, so they are technically not life. Or that's the argument that I've heard. Google can say it better than me, I think.

I'd be interested to know if there's one beneficial virus. Something tells me any time a host is taken over by a parasite and controlled it's not for the benefit of the host.
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Expansion: All viruses are free-floating particles of the Anti-Life Machine, a device built before time in order to bring an end to the endless cycle of desire and guilt.

I think it has been made a fact that all organisms in symbiosis that are considered to be alive in some way were also at one time parasites that were alive in some way at some time until the host and the parasite ended up adapting to each other to their mutual benefit.
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gornotck wrote:

Expansion: All viruses are free-floating particles of the Anti-Life Machine, a device built before time in order to bring an end to the endless cycle of desire and guilt.


Holy shit.

Can we really consider what viruses do symbiotic ? They're just harmful.
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VeggyZ wrote:


gornotck wrote:

Expansion: All viruses are free-floating particles of the Anti-Life Machine, a device built before time in order to bring an end to the endless cycle of desire and guilt.


Holy shit.

Can we really consider what viruses do symbiotic ? They're just harmful.


Not being alive, viruses aren't even really parasitic. We don't even really treat them, I think, because they interact with our bodies at a genetic level.

Viruses are partial strands of RNA that invade cellular structures and insert themselves into the recombinant DNA process, preventing the cell from reproducing itself properly, but producing copious amounts of the virus. This process repeats until the immune system adequately produces enough antibodies, which prevent the virus from entering cells, or the host dies.
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Posted 6/30/16
yes. and anti-viruses are death.
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Viruses are not living cells. As they don't even contain any characteristics as cells do. When viruses aren't invading a host cell, they are in a dormant state. Where they basically do nothing at all. They do not reproduce (unless with the help of their host cell) and lack any type of cell division.
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If there was anything that I learned from biology it would be that viruses are not living. They do not meet the qualifications of life as previously stated above.
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Yes to medical viruses; no to computer viruses.

Assuming your talking about medical, remember that most vaccines, against viruses,
are categorized by whether they use live virus or killed virus. That's from a nursing point of view.

Here a list from the history of vaccines.

Vaccines of this type on U.S. Recommended Childhood (ages 0-6) Immunization Schedule:

Live, attenuated: Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR combined vaccine)
Varicella (chickenpox)
Influenza (nasal spray)
Rotavirus

Inactivated/Killed: Polio (IPV)
Hepatitis A
Toxoid (inactivated toxin) Diphtheria, tetanus (part of DTaP combined immunization)
Subunit/conjugate Hepatitis B
Influenza (injection)
Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib)
Pertussis (part of DTaP combined immunization)
Pneumococcal
Meningococcal
Vaccine type

Other available vaccines:

Live, attenuated:
Zoster (shingles)
Yellow fever

Inactivated/Killed:
Rabies
Subunit/conjugate
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
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Posted 7/14/16
they can be interpreted as life for they show or just mimic signs of life; just like humans mimic or just have signs of viruses.. always spreading without having a true equilibrium with that it is surrounded by.
Posted 7/14/16
I am a virus and I am dead.
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