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Wednesday, March 15th 2006

Computer "Virus"

An atom-for-atom recreation of a virus at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications. The entire program is a brief simulation of a moment of “life” for the Tobacco Mosaic Virus.

From Nature’s website:

The model also shows that the virus coat collapses without its genetic material. This suggests that, when reproducing, the virus builds its coat around the genetic material rather than inserting the genetic material into a complete coat. “We saw something that is truly revolutionary,” Schulten says.

This is interesting considering what I was just taught in the virology section of my Microbiology class.

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