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Characteristics of Living Things (50 points)

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 cant see it, you have likely experienced it; one of those things is a virus.

Answer BOTH of the following questions:

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.
With these results, present an argument that a virus is a living thing. Then, present the opposite argument that viruses are not alive.
    Points
Virus as a living thing    Presents an argument that a virus is a living thing.
Supports the argument with examples, such as the information gathered in the worksheet table.        4
Viruses are not alive    Presents the opposite argument that viruses are not alive.
Supports the argument with examples, such as the information gathered in the worksheet table.        4
Characteristics of living things    Discusses the eight characteristics shared by living things within the two arguments.
1. Reproduce
2. Pass along their traits through DNA
3. Consume energy sources and expel waste products to maintain homeostasis
4. Respond to their environments
5. Respond to stimulus
6. Change over time
7. Can differ as individuals while still being part of a species
8. Consist of biomolecules arranged into cells      32
Format, Grammar, and  Mechanics    Provides a 1-2 page paper that is double-spaced, and includes a title page, reference page, running head, and page numbers.  The title page and reference page are not counted in the length of 1-2 pages for the paper.
Sentences are clear, well-articulated, and free from grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors.
Information sources (a minimum of one) utilized are clearly identified, properly cited, and referenced using APA Style.

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