This model of HIV is the most detailed 3-D model of the virus ever made. It summarizes the results from scientific publications in the fields of virology, X-ray analysis and NMR spectroscopy. The depicted spatial configurations of proteins found in HIV particles are in strict accordance with their known 3-D structures. This image relates to the 2010 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge appearing in the Feb. 18, 2011, issue of Science, published by AAAS.
Image courtesy of Ivan Konstantinov, Yury Stefanov, Aleksander Kovalevsky, Yegor Voronin - Visual Science Company