‘Virtual virus’ unfolds the flu on a CPU

8 febrero 2015

Combining experimental data from X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, cryoelectron microscopy and lipidomics, researchers have built a complete model of the outer envelope of an influenza A virion for the first time. The approach, known as a coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation, has allowed them to generate trajectories at different temperatures and lipid compositions — revealing various characteristics that may help scientists better understand how the virus survives in the wild or find new ways to combat it.