MAR 19, 2018 07:14 PM PDT
Bacteria vs. Viruses: What is The Difference?
WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin
2 2 117

The most obvious difference between viruses and bacteria is size! To us, a bacteria is microscopic but to viruses the size of a bacterium is massive. Bacteria can be thought of as the size of a van in comparison to viruses, which can be considered the size of the average suitcase. Size is not the only reason a bacterium can be seen as a van, it can also somewhat act like a van.
A van is a machine consisting of fuels, pumps, etc. and thus a bacterium is also an enclosed machinery. However, a virus is like a suitcase because they don't encompass in a sort of "machinery"; instead they have simple genetic material that can potentially invade the bacteria and control its genetic information. In other words, a virus (a suitcase) holds the "drivers manual" for the bacterium (the van). But what's more important, how can we fight a virus that has infected a bacterium?
About the Author
  • Nouran enjoys writing on various topics including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
You May Also Like
MAY 29, 2018
Videos
MAY 29, 2018
Are Manicures a Skin Cancer Risk?
Spending a day having a relaxing spa manicure sounds like a great way to reduce stress and get your hands looking good again, but you might want to hold of
JUN 11, 2018
Videos
JUN 11, 2018
This is What Happens to the Body After Death
Death can be a taboo topic that most people don’t like discussing, but there’s undoubtedly a scientific interest in what happens to the body af
JUN 15, 2018
Videos
JUN 15, 2018
Turning Yeast Into Sustainable Biofuel Factories
Researchers have engineered a strain of yeast that has been genetically modified to consume the sugar xylose.
JUL 01, 2018
Videos
JUL 01, 2018
Stress got you down?
  Stress isn’t just an emotion; it is a hardwired, physical response that travels throughout your entire body. Short-term stress can be advantag
JUL 11, 2018
Videos
JUL 11, 2018
College Football Player Who Committed Suicide Had CTE
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is the talk of professional sports. From NFL players to ice hockey veterans, rugby teams, and soccer organizations,
JUL 12, 2018
Videos
JUL 12, 2018
Some Medicines are Made From Animal Toxins
If you’ve spent any time camping or hiking, you’ve probably got a good idea of what animals are dangerous. Snakes and other reptiles that bite
Loading Comments...