I know it is an unconventional way to describe viruses, but would it still be technically correct?
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In genetics, genotoxicity describes the property of chemical agents that damages the genetic information within a cell causing mutations
While some viruses tend to cause mutations, most don't have such a strong mutagenesis effect. As such, they are not really genotoxic. Also, even if a virus is genotoxic, one should definitely not reduce the activity of a virus to its genotoxicity. A virus has a life-cycle and is able to reproduce. It is clearly more than a simple genotoxic chemical agent such as metal chromium.
So, in short
- Reducing viruses to their genotoxic effect would be a misrepretentation of what virsues are
- Most viruses don't have a strong genotoxic effect and therefore you can not make the claim in the general sense.