Viral shell game
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|Ivars Peterson - Science News Online|
|The success of a virus in infecting its host depends largely on how well its outer coat functions. Made up of protein building blocks, this tightly closed shell usually has a geometric structure... Mathematical research suggests that sets of simple rules, which define the way an individual protein can stick to another, will automatically lead to the kinds of virus structures that biologists observe.|
|Levels:||High School (9-12), College|
|Math Topics:||Medicine/Health, Animal Biology|
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