To which kingdom do viruses belong?

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To what kingdom do viruses belong?
by: MiNam

Viruses do not belong to any kingdom. There is an ongoing debate to whether viruses are alive or not. With the facts given, it is up to you to decide if viruses are alive or not.
All Living things:
-are composed of cells with a complex, organized structure
-actively maintain their complex structure and internal environment (homeostasis)
-respond to stimuli in their environment
-acquire and use materials and energy from their environment and convert them into new forms
-reproduce, using the molecular blueprint of DNA
-have the capacity to evolve

-are not made of cells and do not have cells
-cannot accomplish the basic tasks of living cells
-have no ribosomes to make protein
-have no cytoplasm
-cannot acquire energy or steal the host's energy
-cannot grow or reproduce by themselves or with other viruses
-do not respond to stimuli
-cannot maintain a stable internal environment
-can evolve

by: Anonymous

Viruses are unique in that they have been classified as both living and nonliving at various points in the history of Biology . In other words, a virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of organisms. Viruses infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants.

by: Anonymous

Viruses are not considered true living things, therefore they are not classified under any of the kingdoms. The only living part is the DNA, but it requires a host cell to carry out all necessary life functions.

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