MAR 19, 2018 07:14 PM PDT

Bacteria vs. Viruses: What is The Difference?

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

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
SEP 26, 2018
Videos
SEP 26, 2018
Cancer Immunotherapy
Video illustration about how tumor cells are sensed and destroyed by the immune system and how tumors evolve and detect immune-mediated eliminations, as well as iimmunotherapies associated....
OCT 01, 2018
Videos
OCT 01, 2018
Is Bigger Better?
Bigger is better, right? If you’re trying to insult someone you might call them a “pea brain” or tell them they have a “bird brain,...
OCT 09, 2018
Space & Astronomy
OCT 09, 2018
Putting the Mars 2020 Rover Together - Behind the Scenes
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know by now that NASA’s planning to send another rover to the Martian surface to investigate...
OCT 10, 2018
Videos
OCT 10, 2018
Are Personality Tests Scientifically Accurate?
Personality tests like the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and others are used to find out what a person is like, internally. They measure reac...
OCT 11, 2018
Videos
OCT 11, 2018
An Inexpensive Kit Teaches Kids About Molecular Biology
Biology is advancing at a rapid pace. Students will be ready for those advances if they can learn about cutting-edge concepts at an early age....
OCT 13, 2018
Videos
OCT 13, 2018
Why you shouldn't give a baby water
Did you know that babies shouldn't drink water before they are at least six months old? That's because, while human adults are composed of 55-60% w...
Loading Comments...