Viruses Complex Molecules Or Simple Life Forms — страница 2
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virus uses the host’s nucleotides and enzymes to replicate it’s DNA. Other materials and machinery of the host cell produce the virus’s capsid proteins. The viral DNA and proteins then join to make a new copy of the virus. While viruses are inactive when in transport between hosts, the arguements are overwhelmingly in favor of considering viruses living organisms. Through their parasitic nature, they are able to fulfill most qualities of living organisms. Their behavior and complexness also lead to this classification. While they are not the text book example of living organisms, is has been in agreement that there always will be exceptions to the rules. Viruses deserve to take their rightful place among the ranks of living organisms. .