Using all 8 of the characteristics that define life, indicate which one(s) viruses have and which one(s) they do not, and explain each difference

Using all 8 of the characteristics that define life, indicate which one(s) viruses have and which one(s) they do not, and explain each difference.

Living things share 8 characteristics. A living thing grows, undergoes metabolism, responds to its environment, reproduces, passes DNA to the next generation, maintains homeostasis, changes over time, and is made up of cells. A non-living thing may seem to do one or more of these things, but to be classified as living; all eight characteristics must be present. Sometimes, you may see something that seems alive but is not. Though you can’t see it, you have likely experienced it; one of those things is a virus.

Answer BOTH of the following questions:

  1. Using all 8 of the characteristics that define life, indicate which one(s) viruses have and which one(s) they do not, and explain each difference. 
  2. With these results, present an argument that a virus is a living thing. Then, present the opposite argument that viruses are not alive. 

Using all 8 of the characteristics that define life, indicate which one(s) viruses have and which one(s) they do not, and explain each difference