Biology

41. A group calling itself "Virus Alive!" believes that viruses are living organisms. They have petitioned the scientific community to include viruses in the biological classification system. You are a scientist assigned to explain to this group that, although they share many characteristics of living organisms, viruses are NOT alive. You are instructed to be considerate of the group's position and discuss the characteristics of living organisims that are similar to the characteristics of viruses. However, you must then make the case that these similarities do not make a virus a living organism. Write your speech to "Virus Alive!" in two to three well-developed paragraphs.

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  1. Read these sites carefully.

    http://serc.carleton.edu/microbelife/yellowstone/viruslive.html

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1747414/are_viruses_alive_do_they_meet_the.html?cat=58

    http://www.uq.edu.au/vdu/BasicsVirusesAlive.htm

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=are-viruses-alive-2004

    posted by Ms. Sue

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