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BioMed Central

How Viruses Self Assemble

Caption: The capsid enveloping a virus is essential for protection and propagation of the viral genome. Many viruses have evolved a self-assembly method which is so successful that the viral capsid can self assemble even when removed from its host cell.

Credit: Johanna E Baschek, Heinrich CR Klein and Ulrich S Schwarz

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