1. Develop one argument in support of or refuting the following statement: “Viruses are living microorganisms.” Life is defined by reproduction, metabolism, reaction to stimuli and growth. Viruses are not a living organism. Viruses do not have nuclei, cytoplasm or organelles like cells. They cannot perform growth or reproduction without first infecting a living cell. A virus is composed of proteins, nucleic acid along with carbohydrates and lipids. Once a virus attacks a cell it begins to produce more viruses. Until it comes in contact with a living microorganism the virus is dormant. They need life to react upon in order to replicate and grow. By itself a virus cannot do any functions that living organisms can do. 2. Discuss three examples of how humans utilize microbes and their products today. Microbes are a population of microorganisms. Microbes include protozoa, algae, fungi, viruses and bacteria. They have countless uses can be found everywhere in the world. People have many practices for microbes. The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae
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