Are viruses alive?

23 November 2009

The question of whether viruses are living or not always provokes lively discussion. On TWiV 59 we decided to take an informal poll of our listeners on this issue. Let’s open up the poll to readers of virology blog.

  • Megan

    i bet my vibrator is way bigger than yours but i think yours must be fatter for your huge bucket 

  • Megan

    i bet my vibrator is way bigger than yours but i think yours must be fatter for your huge bucket 

  • fvrgthyj

    Sexy time is sooooo awesome but i think if we bond together we can have PAKI baby’s together 

  • fvrgthyj

    Sexy time is sooooo awesome but i think if we bond together we can have PAKI baby’s together 

  • Megan

    and i like black cock 

  • Megan

    my definition of alive is does it have tits 

  • Megan

    u are gay 

  • Megan

    can i rape ur dad 

  • fvrgthyj

     Oh yer i bet you want to f**k scientists, shall i tell you what else needs fucking, my fanny

  • fvrgthyj

    sex+ me= AIDS :( 

  • MEGAN LEE

    I LIKE BIG BUTTS AND I CANNOT LIE 

  • fvrgthyj

    POP MY CHERRY 

  • Crawford

    Aside from the puerile digressions, some interesting discussion. Life and Death are descriptive terms, and as such mutable. YES is probably an intended answer. Much of what is discussed here is philosophy not science. Are we hominids colonial organisms? A colonoscopy will convince one that some autonomous organisms are essential for us, and there are many more in and on us. Prions and viruses, mycoplasma and bacteria might all be in us, some more useful than others in insuring our individual progressions in our cycle of individual organism life and death. Both of these processes seem necessary for continuation of species. Just as easy to ask when each process begins or ends as it is to ascribe these conditions to viruses. The work of Dr. James Robert Cade should remind us that specific chemicals are necessary for our well being. Why do viruses exist, and what are the for seem more interesting?

  • Smerklapax

    If by dead you mean decayed and not working then No but if you mean in certain circumstances where they do not act.. You should see them as inactive but overall they are alive as they affect the host.

  • Meme

    I Can’t find find the poll?

  • Chris

    This is awesome. Just found http://www.youtube.com/course?list=ECF03C29905EF9A6CA lectures as I recently became fascinated with biowarfare. Looking forward to starting this course in about a month or so (I need to ‘learn to learn’ – any resources on this?). I have no clue what the answer to the above is as I don’t know what the word ‘living’ means. All the best all, and hopefully see somebody around the traps. Have a nice day.