Leo asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 1 month ago

Are Viruses Genetic?

A lot of people assume viruses are a complex version of bacteria; but viruses aren't really living nor bacterial; are viruses "genetic" solely or is there something I am missing?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    no, i never saw proof of that

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  • 1 month ago

    bacteria are one cell organisms; viruses are not, they are a-cellular. viruses reproduce through inserting their own dna/rna into another organism and using their cellular machinery to replicate; whereas, one-cell organisms like bacteria reproduce by mitosis.

    the dna and rna of both can be organized into genetic lineages, called vectors, or chains of development.

    the study of these lineages in viruses are forensic viral vectors.

    by definition, the term vector -- Definition of vector. 1a : a quantity that has magnitude and direction and that is commonly represented by a directed line segment whose length represents the magnitude and whose orientation in space represents the direction broadly : an element of a vector space.

    whereas, a viral vector's definition has been modified to define the mechanism of transmission through the viral linage of development.

    there are differences in bacteria and virus  hereditary historys and both show change over time.

    Source(s): "microbiology" text book by tortora, funke, case. "physiology & anatomy", text book. "introduction to physiological psychology", text book by c.f. levinthal.
    • jj1 month agoReport

      i really need help, your very smart

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  • Cowboy
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    viruses are genetic parasites - made from a small genome of RNA or DNA, coated in protein to keep from being degraded, they can attach to a cell and insert their small genome into that cell where it eventually may invade the cellular DNA - over time these random, leftover bits of genetic material were winnowed down to only those that could actually take over active genes and use them to reproduce their own genome. Most viruses attack only bacteria, but over time, more and more viruses arose to attack more derived organisms.

    • 6000_km_under
      Lv 4
      1 month agoReport

      Viruses are NOT parasites. They are battle-stations or fighters. They are before bacteria formed, AMOEBA is parasite. You got it wrong... there are 10 on 33 viruses at least.

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    We are missing what you mean by "genetic".

    Viruses do have DNA, but viruses don't eat, drink, metabolise, excrete or move

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Viruses are more simple than bacteria. They usually just consist of a subset of a cell. Bacteria are cells. Viruses cannot reproduce themselves without invading a cell and tricking the host to make more copies of the virus' DNA or RNA.

    • 6000_km_under
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      1 month agoReport

      They only modify and adapt in bacteria. They exist since beginning of the universe and planet, and they are in nature.

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  • 1 month ago

    There is a lot you are missing. Viruses are strands of RNA with a protein membrane and are simpler than bacteria. Viruses mutate pretty quickly. Of course they are genetic. Yes, they ARE alive.

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    • 6000_km_under
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      1 month agoReport

      Because bacteria thinks is alive, while is not, bacteria is only shell and dead. Viruses are the source of life, well ... 2-nd. And are alive.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    they consist of nothing but some genetic material basically yes

    when they're floating around outside a cell, they're encased in a little structure made out of protein.  they don't make these structures themselves.  they don't do anything themselves. 

    the cells they invade make numerous copies of their genetic material for them, equip each copy with a protein coat, and typically the cell collapses and dies afterwards, releasing all these new copies out into the local environment, to repeat the process in other cells

    the protein coats are able to fool the outer membranes of whatever cells the virus is evolved to work on, into taking the virus' genetic material into the cell interior, after which that genetic material gets treated as if it were the cell's own genetic material, which is how the cell ends up making all those virus copies and protein coats and stuff

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Viruses are MUCH simplier than bacteria.

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  • Dze
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    im no expert .. but basically its a gene bomb yes .. code in a container, that takes over a host cell and uses and reprograms its material to replicate ..

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  • 1 month ago

    Viruses are their own thing.  They are kind of like a living organism except that they can't replicate on their own and have to invade the cells of another living organism in order to do so.  I don't know what you mean by "genetic" in this case, every living thing has genetic material.

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