Are viruses intelligent lifeforms?
We put this question to Dr Stacey Efstathiou:
Stacey - Well as a virologist, I’d say yes, very intelligent. I mean, they're elegant life entities that can reproduce themselves, that can cause persistent infections, reactivate. A different type of intelligence, no brain cells involved.
Chris - Indeed, but it depends whether you believe a virus is alive or not. I mean, my own belief is a virus is not alive, it’s just an infectious bag of genes.
Stacey - It is an infectious bag of genes and it undergoes evolution, so in some ways, you could say it is a life form.
Chris - But not intelligently designed, I hasten to add...
@Juillesim asked the Naked Scientists: Are viruses intelligent life forms? What do you think? @Juillesim, Sat, 6th Nov 2010