Viruses are neither prokaryotic nor eukaryotic. Viruses are in a separate category known as obligate intracellular parasites. By themselves, viruses do not carry the biological material necessary to reproduce; they can o... More »

Some common features found in prokaryotes and eukaryotes are that they have cell plasma membranes, cytoplasm, DNA and ribosomes. Prokaryotes include organisms like bacteria and cynobacteria while algae, fungi and protozo... More »

Prokaryotes have the advantages associated with greater simplicity, including more rapid reproduction, rapid mutation and adaptation to new environments, and more diverse metabolic systems. They also possess an ability t... More »

The fungi are a kingdom in the eukaryote domain. Fungi are important decomposers in all ecosystems because they can break down a wide variety of organic matter. Lignin, a component of wood, would not get broken down with... More »

There are three primary virus shapes, including a polyhedral shape, a helical shape and a complex virus shape. The polyhedral shape is like a dodecahedron with 12 sides, the helical shape is like a tube and the complex s... More »

During the lytic cycle, a type of virus called a bacteriophage infects a bacterial cell and replicates itself multiple times before breaking out. The release of the virus into the cell's external surroundings results in ... More »

The smallest virus as of 2014 belongs to a group of viruses known as parvoviruses. These spherical viruses are about 18 nanometers in diameter and can only be seen through an electron microscope. To put that size in pers... More »