Is the strep throat virus alive?
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.