Are viruses single-celled organisms?

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Are viruses single-celled organisms?

Viruses:

Viruses have a bad reputation especially during flu and cold season. The flu is caused by the influenza virus, and common colds are also caused by viruses.

However, some viruses have been used in research. For example, phage, or viruses that infect bacteria, were an important part of researchers discovering that DNA replicates in a semi-conservative manner.

Answer and Explanation:

Viruses are not considered living cells, and therefore are neither single-celled nor multi-celled. They are simply considered to be protein shells...

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