Hey there everybody !
I know that viruses show only one living feature - Reproduction. However they cannot reproduce by themselves so on this basis they cannot be classified as living organisms. They need a host cell to reproduce.
When a virus infects a host cell... and injects the DNA into the host cell... and the DNA merges with the nucleus of the host cell and the host cell starts creating new viruses.
Now my question is, when a new virus is 'made' will it be made in its full size ? Like- will the virus which is made by a host cell be an 'adult'/mature virus ?
In other words will a newborn virus be like a newborn human baby, where the baby has to grow up to become an adult. Does a newborn virus have to grow ?
I assume NOT, since Viruses don't have any organelles to do any growth and development.
But can somebody confirm this ?
Because there is a weird image in my textbook where we have a virus infecting a bacteria cell and the next image there are 'baby' viruses inside the bacterial cell.
Thanks in advance