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Bacteria, Viruses, and Protists

Virus Basics

How do viruses compare to bacteria?

A virus and a bacterium have numerous differences. The following lists some of the general differences:

Characteristic

Bacteria

Viruses

Able to pass through bacteriological filters

No

Yes

Contains a plasma membrane

Yes

No

Contains ribosomes

Yes

No

Possesses genetic material

Yes

Yes

Requires a living host to multiply

No

Yes

Sensitive to antibiotics

Yes

No

Sensitive to interferon

No

Yes



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