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Are Viruses Alive?Anyone with a cold or the flu virus feels as if they are under attack by some organism.But in thescientific community it’s still an open-ended question.A virus is littler more than a strand of DNA or RNA covered by a protein coating.Viruses are a thousandtimes smaller than bacteria and come in a wide range of shapes.Some look like weird, tall spiderswhereas others look like prickly porcupine like soccer balls. One thing is for sure; viruses are very much apart of life on Earth and the human experience.Viruses infect animals, plants, and even bacteria.Humans are in a constant battle with viruses.HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), the Ebola virus, and theWest Nile virus continue to make headlines and take millions of lives.Now we have the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) infecting people world-wide causing a pandemic thesize we have not seen since the Spanish flu in 1918.Other viruses, such as cold, the flu, chickenpox, measles, and hepatitis, are more common, butsometimes just as deadly.Symptoms vary depending on which kind of cell is under attack.Cold virusesattack the nose and throat, the rabies virus attacks the brain and nervous system, and the humanimmunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks white blood cells in the bloodstream.Viruses can even cause somekinds of cancers and leukemia.Instructions:Read the following article CAREFULLY and take notes as you read.Your notes may include:Comments that show that you understand the article.(A summary or statement of the mainidea of important sections may serve this purpose).Questions you have that show what you are wondering as you read.Notes that differentiate between fact and opinion.Live and Let DieTo determine whether a virus is alive or not, we could compare the virus’s characteristics to what manybiologists consider the requirements of life.All living things have several common characteristics.Somenonliving things may have one or more of the characteristics but not all of them.For a virus then to beclassified as alive it must:ReproduceObtain and use energy

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