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[1] Surface view in 3D of the common cold virus.  [2] Cut away view of the common cold virus shows the RNA interior. Credit: Mike Kuiper / VLSCI).
[3] Viral capsid proteins with [antiviral] drug binding site in yellow. Credit: University of Melbourne
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THE COMMON COLD IN 3D

These images are screen shots from supercomputer simulations done by a team of researchers from St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research (SVI) and the University of Melbourne.

Using the IBM Blue Gene/Q, the most powerful supercomputer dedicated to life sciences research in the Southern Hemisphere, they simulated, in 3D, the motion of the complete human rhinovirus, the most frequent cause of the common cold.

rhinovirus: from the Greek ῥινός (rhinos), meaning “of the nose”.

Originally published on the Internet in July 2012.
(via University of Melbourne and Futurity)

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