Study questions for Topic 2 (Characteristics of viruses)

  1. State 2 living characteristics of viruses.
  2. State 3 non-living characteristics of viruses.
  3. List 3 criteria used to define a virus.
  4. A virus that infects only bacteria is termed a _________
  5. State why viruses can’t replicate on environmental surfaces or in synthetic laboratory media.
  6. Define and describe mobile genetic elements. Explain why plasmids, transposons, and viruses are all considered mobile genetic elements
  7. List some characteristics that viruses share with living organisms and explain why viruses do not fit our usual definition of life
  8. List the characteristics of living things. Describe why viruses do or do not satisfy each criterion.