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Do Bacteria and Viruses Sleep?

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Do lifeforms such as bacteria and/or viruses sleep?
Dan, Eastbourne

 

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Name: Elizabeth, Sutton
Qualification: Degree and further degree in zoology
No they don't. Sleep only applies to animals with complex nervous systems. It is to do with brain function - bacteria and viruses don't have brains. Viruses are almost minerals. Bacteria do rest by forming spores when not active but there are a lot of states and can't really be described as sleep.

 

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