Description
Objectives:
Review?and?become?more?familiar?with?the?unifying?principles?of?life?discussed?in?Chapter?1.
Use?internet?resources?to?learn?basic?information?about?viruses?OR?prions.
Apply?the?unifying?principles?of?life?to?determine?whether?or?not?viruses?OR?prions?should?be?classified?as?living
organisms.
Alignment:
This?discussion?question?is?designed?to?supplement?the?materials?covered?in?Chapters?1?3?(Weeks?1?3).?In?this
discussion,?you?will?choose?either?viruses?or?prions?to?learn?more?about?and?then?determine?whether?or?not?they
are?alive.?To?answer?this,?you?will?need?to?apply?the?information?you?learned?in?Chapter?1?on?the?unifying
principles?of?life?as?well?as?the?information?in?Chapter?3?on?organic?molecules.
Background:
Two?different?groups?of?pathogens?are?the?viruses?and?prions.?Viruses?are?responsible?for?diseases?and?illnesses
such?as?influenza,?chicken?pox,?measles,?and?AIDS.?Prions?are?responsible?for?mad?cow?disease?and?its?human
equivalent,?Creutzfeldt?Jakob?Disease?(CJD).
Don?t?be?fooled.?The?answer?to?the?question?of?whether?or?not?these?are?alive?is?more?complex?than?a?simple?yes
or?no.?The?argument?as?to?whether?or?not?at?least?one?of?these?groups?is?alive?is?still?raging?in?the?scientific
community.
You?will?need?to?learn?about?the?structure?and?characteristics?of?the?group?(viruses?or?prions)?that?you?have
chosen?and?then?use?the?unifying?principles?of?life?(Chapter?1)?to?determine?whether?your?group?meets?each
principle.?Based?on?this?analysis,?make?a?decision?about?whether?or?not?YOU?would?classify?your?group?as?alive
or?not?alive.?Support?your?argument?with?specific?details.
Procedure:
Choose?viruses?or?prions?to?research?using?internet?resources.
Find?reliable?sources?to?learn?more?about?the?characteristics
Describe?the?characteristics?of?the?group?(viruses?or?prions)
Analyze?whether?or?not?your?group?(viruses?or?prions)?satisfy?each?of?the?unifying?principles?(particularly
principles?1?8)
Decide?whether?you?would?classify?your?group?as?alive?or?not.?Explain?what?criteria?you?used?to?support?your
decision.
Respond?to?at?least?two?other?student?postings.
Contribute?to?an?ongoing?discussion?by?responding?to?you?re?a?comment?to?one?of?your?responses?or?responding
to?other?students??responses.

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Description
Objectives:
Review?and?become?more?familiar?with?the?unifying?principles?of?life?discussed?in?Chapter?1.
Use?internet?resources?to?learn?basic?information?about?viruses?OR?prions.
Apply?the?unifying?principles?of?life?to?determine?whether?or?not?viruses?OR?prions?should?be?classified?as?living
organisms.
Alignment:
This?discussion?question?is?designed?to?supplement?the?materials?covered?in?Chapters?1?3?(Weeks?1?3).?In?this
discussion,?you?will?choose?either?viruses?or?prions?to?learn?more?about?and?then?determine?whether?or?not?they
are?alive.?To?answer?this,?you?will?need?to?apply?the?information?you?learned?in?Chapter?1?on?the?unifying
principles?of?life?as?well?as?the?information?in?Chapter?3?on?organic?molecules.
Background:
Two?different?groups?of?pathogens?are?the?viruses?and?prions.?Viruses?are?responsible?for?diseases?and?illnesses
such?as?influenza,?chicken?pox,?measles,?and?AIDS.?Prions?are?responsible?for?mad?cow?disease?and?its?human
equivalent,?Creutzfeldt?Jakob?Disease?(CJD).
Don?t?be?fooled.?The?answer?to?the?question?of?whether?or?not?these?are?alive?is?more?complex?than?a?simple?yes
or?no.?The?argument?as?to?whether?or?not?at?least?one?of?these?groups?is?alive?is?still?raging?in?the?scientific
community.
You?will?need?to?learn?about?the?structure?and?characteristics?of?the?group?(viruses?or?prions)?that?you?have
chosen?and?then?use?the?unifying?principles?of?life?(Chapter?1)?to?determine?whether?your?group?meets?each
principle.?Based?on?this?analysis,?make?a?decision?about?whether?or?not?YOU?would?classify?your?group?as?alive
or?not?alive.?Support?your?argument?with?specific?details.
Procedure:
Choose?viruses?or?prions?to?research?using?internet?resources.
Find?reliable?sources?to?learn?more?about?the?characteristics
Describe?the?characteristics?of?the?group?(viruses?or?prions)
Analyze?whether?or?not?your?group?(viruses?or?prions)?satisfy?each?of?the?unifying?principles?(particularly
principles?1?8)
Decide?whether?you?would?classify?your?group?as?alive?or?not.?Explain?what?criteria?you?used?to?support?your
decision.
Respond?to?at?least?two?other?student?postings.
Contribute?to?an?ongoing?discussion?by?responding?to?you?re?a?comment?to?one?of?your?responses?or?responding
to?other?students??responses.

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