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Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

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Peter J. Russell + 2 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305389892
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Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305389892

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Chapter 1, Problem 11TYK
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Discuss Concepts Many viruses are infectious agents that contain DNA surrounded by a protein coat. They cannot reproduce on their own, but they can take over the cells of the organisms they infect and force those cells to produce more virus particles. Based on the characteristics of living organisms described in this chapter, should viruses be considered living organisms?

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To review:

Whether the viruses can be considered living, based on their characteristics.

Introduction:

A virus is a small infectious agent composed of DNA/RNA (deoxyribonucleic acid/ribonucleic acid) and a protein coat. Viruses cannot replicate on their own and need the machinery of other cells. Viruses are mostly host specific. They perform the lytic cycle to replicate them and then burst out of the host cell, or may undergo lysogeny.

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All living organisms share some common characteristics, which makes them different from nonliving things. The living organism gathers energy from the surrounding. They build new biological material, maintain and repair the parts, grow in size, and produce offspring. All living organisms need to respond to the changes taking place in the environment...

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