[SOLVED] Viruses - Dead or Alive? Hi guys. I got a paper due in a week or so on viruses. I have to write an argumentative essay on whether viruses are considered as living or nonliving. i believe they are nonliving, based on the characteristics of life, etc, etc. but can u guys give me more resources? i really need more information... Right now, my arguments are: Viruses can't , use metabolism, reproduce, respond to stimuli, etc. on their own they don't satisfy the criteria of the characteristics of living things. right now my paper has less than 100 words and it looks pretty lame. and i can't find any more interesting info on google. Thanks.