Supercomputer renders virus in 3-D

In architecture, form follows function, but in molecular biology, it`s often the other way around. Knowing the shape and structure of a virus particle can give scientists clues to understanding how the virus works. At the US National Institutes of Health, a 128-node Intel supercomputer has been used to reconstruct a three-dimensional image of the herpes simplex virus. This World Wide Web page explains how scientists have used the system to increase the number of electron micrographs images, the

Dec 1st, 1996

Supercomputer renders virus in 3-D

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In architecture, form follows function, but in molecular biology, it`s often the other way around. Knowing the shape and structure of a virus particle can give scientists clues to understanding how the virus works. At the US National Institutes of Health, a 128-node Intel supercomputer has been used to reconstruct a three-dimensional image of the herpes simplex virus. This World Wide Web page explains how scientists have used the system to increase the number of electron micrographs images, the resolution, and signal-to-noise ratio of the system.

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