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Strep Throat

Is the strep throat virus alive?

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2008-08-27 03:48:58

You've asked two questions: Streptocuccus isn't a virus;

it's a bacterium. As such, it meets all the 19th century criteria

for life: eats, excretes, multiplies. So yes -- it's alive. A virus

is another matter. As virii typically modify the cell to produce

more virii instead of more familiar reproduction methods, it

doesn't exactly multiply, and there's a question about it excreting

too. So, while old school thought tihnks a virus may be alive, more

modern thinking is beginning to question the definition of life as

it applies here.

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