Scientists say that a virus is not alive because it does not display the criteria for life, outside of a living host.
- It doesn’t die when outside a living host, say when it is in soil or water–it merely goes dormant.
- It doesn’t exchange nutrients with it’s environment when outside the host. It doesn’t have the POTENTIAL to exchange nutrients with it’s environment, while outside the host.
- It doesn’t reproduce while outside the host.
- The virus is not self mobile while outside of the host.
Are Viruses Alive?
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