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Year 10 science homework help needed

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weebleswobble Tue 09-Sep-08 17:36:05

In which abiotic kingdom does a virus belong in?

Ds1 searching the net but can't find the answer. TIA

snuffy143 Tue 09-Sep-08 17:44:29

Am a Science teacher...never heard of an abiotic kingdom. Kingdoms are plants, animals, bacteria, fungi and protoctista (dustbin where anything that doesn't fit first 4 go!). But all are living organisms...i.e. biotic. Abiotic is non-living. There is argument that viruses are non-living as they have to invade host cells and take over their metabolism to carry out life processes. Sorry not to be more help...will keep thinking.

Blandmum Tue 09-Sep-08 17:49:33

It isn't alive

Abiotic means not alive. Not sure that they are subdivided.

TheFallenMadonna Tue 09-Sep-08 17:50:01

Never heard of it.

TheFallenMadonna Tue 09-Sep-08 17:50:26

Well, heard of abiotic of course, but not an abiotic kingdom.

SqueakyPop Tue 09-Sep-08 17:53:23

Abiotic is the opposite of living, as asymmetric is the opposite to symmetric.

weebleswobble Tue 09-Sep-08 18:51:46

I think he's worded the question incorrectly. It's which kingdom, not which abiotic kingdom. He now thinks it doesn't belong to any kingdom and that's the answer the teacher is looking for. Would that make sense snuffy?

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