A better look at viruses through code

February 4th, 2006 | Filed under: Biology, Computing, Photography | 3 Comments »

New software developed by Purdue University’s Wen Jiang enables scientists to observe viruses at an unprecedented level of detail.

“While before we could only see virus parts that were symmetric, we can now see those that have non-symmetric structures, such as portions of the one our paper focuses on, the Epsilon 15 virus that attacks salmonella. . .This software will enable a substantial expansion of what we can see and study. We remain limited to observing those viruses that are identical from one individual viral particle to the next รขโ‚ฌโ€ which, sadly, is still only a small portion of the viral species that are out there. But it is a major step forward toward our goal of seeing them all.”

[press release]

via Medgadget

3 Comments on “A better look at viruses through code”

  1. 1 ian said at 4:43 pm on February 5th, 2006:

    I’m a first year student doing a rotation in Wah’s group. It’s neat to see work done by people I know personally on the big scary internets ๐Ÿ™‚

    You might check out our website at http://ncmi.bcm.tmc.edu

  2. 2 justin said at 11:19 pm on February 5th, 2006:

    Interesting information. I like your blog, very semi informative.

    Would you care to exchange links?

  3. 3 Ted Smith said at 5:43 pm on February 9th, 2006:

    The Web: Comparing doctors’ costs online
    CHICAGO, Feb. 8 (UPI) — Comparing the costs of different doctors — and procedures — can be a time-consuming affair. But a new project launched in recent months by the administration of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is using the Internet to provide a one-stop site where consumers can compare the costs of visits to the doctor’s office by ZIP code and find other cost-savings, experts tell UPI’s The Web.

    The government-sponsored project seems to have inspired at least one other healthcare organization to place cost-comparison information on the Internet in Florida. Other cost-comparison tools are emerging that are national in scope, too, experts say. By Gene Koprowski

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