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Are viruses considered to be living organisms?

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Are viruses considered to be living organisms?

Characteristics of Living Things:

What makes something alive? All living things have five characteristics, which we can remember using the acronym GRACE. All living things Grow, Reproduce, Adapt to their environment, are made of Cells, and use Energy.

Answer and Explanation:

Viruses are not alive because they are not made of cells and do not have their own cellular machinery. Viruses are non-living, infectious particles...

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