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(11,045 posts)
Tue Apr 14, 2020, 10:31 PM Apr 2020

Poll: Is A Virus Alive?

(Goodheart asked for a poll)

17 votes, 1 pass | Time left: Time expired
0 (0%)
Yes - when viral DNA/RNA is inside a host cell
0 (0%)
N/A - a moot philosophic argument
3 (18%)
No - a virus lacks metabolism
14 (82%)
Yes - @ 38.9029N, 77.0406W, K Street
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(13,885 posts)
1. This is not a debatable question
Tue Apr 14, 2020, 10:50 PM
Apr 2020

Any trained biologist, like my sister who had a PhD and taught college biology for years, will tell you that a virus is not a life form as life is defined.


(23,738 posts)
6. Is a light switch a one-bit computer?
Tue Apr 14, 2020, 10:57 PM
Apr 2020

Maybe there's not such a bright line between life and not.

Viruses seem more complicated than Prions and less complicated than bacteria.


(9,264 posts)
10. AI is not an animate object. It isn't real. It's an expression of information - a simulation only.
Tue Apr 14, 2020, 11:09 PM
Apr 2020


(11,045 posts)
13. An IA robot that can reproduce itself by fabrication,
Tue Apr 14, 2020, 11:33 PM
Apr 2020

and transfer it's intelligence to the new product.


(8,168 posts)
11. "The coronavirus is also an RNA virus; it consists of a single, 30,000-base-long RNA molecule."
Tue Apr 14, 2020, 11:13 PM
Apr 2020

But we've known for a long time that this process doesn't hold for viruses. Many viruses, including HIV and the influenza virus, use RNA for their basic genetic material. The coronavirus is also an RNA virus; it consists of a single, 30,000-base-long RNA molecule.


A single molecule is "life"?

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