Prof. James Wu_10am_Eng1121_D420_Spring2020

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  • Bacteria and Viruses
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    Viruses and Bacteria are both infections that can cause harm to any living organism but how they operate is very different. For example bacteria doesn’t need a host to live and spread since they are asexual organisms which means they can reproduce by themselves. Dr.Finch said bacteria is something that is in between a living organism and a non living organism meaning that even though they can reproduce by themselves, they still need a living host to operate . Bacteria also have a longer duration than a virus meaning the host that the bacteria took over is going to be sick for a longer amount of time then a viral infection.

    A viral infection on the other hand needs to pass or insert themselves into a cell of which they live there until the cell dies and produces more viruses. It usually work with the transfer of DNA into the cell which like Dr.Finch said, it takes over the reproduction systems which stops the cells from producing helpful bacteria and proteins that we need to survive and maintain our daily activities instead the viral infection stops all those functions and start making other viruses that father infect the host.

    It’s very interesting to see the major differences of these two organisms. Dr.Finch did a great job explaining the critical functions and how she used balloons to exemplify how those infections are produce.

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