Do viruses あります or います?
Currently, I'm under the impression that animals and humans use います (though see this question), while plants and inanimate objects use あります. Do viruses fall under the latter category?
I personally think both existing answers should be sufficient for this question, but since they cannot seem to gather consensus, allow me to give it my own try:
The short answer is that both いる and ある forms can be used in a scientific (biological) context. Simple as that.
I usually say ウイルスがいます/いるよ, not ウイルスがあります/あるよ.
Edit: So I just found that います may be used more in daily conversations than scientific articles or theses.
Search on google:
http://goo.gl/W8hjk ⇐ います gets less than 10000 results.
http://goo.gl/ajJq2 ⇐ あります gets 3.3M retuls.
Enough said ?
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