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Are viruses considered a special type of living organism?

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June 08, 2007 1:08AM

Most scientists consider them to be special in that they don't all agree whether viruses are truly alive. They exhibit many of the qualities that define life, but they are unable to maintain their life on their own as far as metabolism is concerned. They actually "steal" a living cells metabolic processes. That's why some say that they are not actually alive. And if they are alive, they can be considered special in that they don't fit the usual description of a living organism.