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If you're talking about biological viruses, they dont actually need energy as they are mostly proteins and are inactive most of the time and become active only when they reach a host like a bacterium or any other cell. Its pure thermodynamics on how the virus attaches itself and injects DNA/RNA into the host. So there is no need for energy

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Do medical viruses use energy?

yes medical viruses does use energy

Do viruses use energy?


Can a virus release and use energy?

Virus particles have no metabolism and does not use energy. However, some viruses have kinetic energy stored in the high pressure inside them, this energy is released when they squirt their genome into the host cell. When they hijack the cell to make more viruses the cell will use energy to produce new viruses.

Can viruses use energy in the form of ATP?

Viruses use energy in the form of ATP to function. All living things will need ATP so as to function in a normal manner.

Do viruses have energy use?

They rely on the energy and materials of their host's cells for replication, otherwise they do not "use" energy since they are a non-living organism.

Do we classify viruses as living creatures?

Viruses do reproduce. They use energy and produce waste. They are considered living organisms, yes.

How are viruses similar to living organisms and how are they different?

Viruses are similar to living organisms because both contain hereditary material (RNA or DNA), and both reproduce. Viruses are different from living organisms because they do not use energy to grow, and do not use energy to respond to their surroundings.

Do viruses get and use materials and energy?

yes and they obtain the materials of their host cell

What are three ways that viruses are different from cells?

Viruses are nonliving and cannot make their own food, and do not use their own energy to grow.

What three ways are viruses different from cells?

Viruses are non~living, plants are. Viruses do not make their own food, plants do. Viruses don't use their own energy to grow, plants, once again, do.

How do scientists classify viruses?

scientist classify viruses as dead this is because they are not made of cells, they cannot use energy, and they cannot make proteins

What kinds of organisms use ATP?

All organisms, from viruses to human beings, use ATP for metabolic energy.

Name two features that distinguish viruses from bacteria?

All bacteria use their own ribosomes for protein synthesis while all viruses have to use their hosts' ribosomes. All bacteria have their own energy generation mechanisms (cellular respiration or photosynthesis) while all viruses have no intrinsic energy generation mechanisms.

How are viruses unlike organisms?

Unlike organisms, viruses are not cellular, nor do they have ribosomes or any other organelles for protein production, energy generation, etc. They cannot capture or store free energy but can only use energy derived from their host. Also, viruses can only reproduce via the host and not on their own.

Can viruses obtain and use materials and energy?

Viruses do not possess the necessary mechanisms to acquire nutrients, process them and use them for metabolism. Instead, they 'hijack' a host cell and use the mechanisms of the host cell to replicate itself.

Do viruses require energy?

Viruses do require energy however, they can only recieve it when they attach to a host cell.

Viruses are considered to be nonliving because?

they can only reproduce in a host cell

Do viruses process energy?


What do viruses need to replicate?

Viruses need a living host for reproduction. They, themselves, are not alive, so they must have a living host to provide the material to use for building duplicates, as well as for the energy to use in the production.

Can a virus obtain and use energy?

No. Viruses do not have a metabolism. They rely on a host to do that.This is why they are not considered "living" creatures, but bacteria are.

How do viruses differ from living organisms?

Viruses cannot reproduce on their own, and they don't make or use their own energy, both of which are qualifications an organism must meet to be considered alive.

What provides the energy for a virus?

viruses dot need energy.

How do viruses get energy?

they do not need energy, they find a host cell to give them energy

What provides the energy for viruses?

The host

How does a virus get energy?

Viruses do not need energy, as they are completely dormant outside of a host cell. Once they come into contact with the host cell they use the host's energy to replicate themselves by graphing their own genetic code into the cell's. So in reality based on how they exist and function viruses don't' need to exert or gain energy.