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Why are viruses nonliving?

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02/11/2013

They are not alive.

They are nonliving.

They are like cockle burrs that "grab" hold of your clothing or a dog's coat. They are hijackers. Once they get attached to the cell of a living cell, they can take it over and "make" the living cell produce virus particles instead of cell parts. These parts can assemble into more viruses and then they break out of the cell (killing it) and begin the process again. They cannot make more viruses on their own.

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06/28/2017

they do not metabolize or respond to stimuli. they must use a host cell to reproduce for it.
they cannot reproduce without host cells

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12/23/2014

They are said to be nonliving because they cannot make more viruses on their own.