How does HIV look like? (360° view)

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
This model of the HIV virus is one of the winners in the 2010 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. Source:

This human immunodeficiency virus model summarizes the results from more than 100 of the latest scientific publications in the fields of virology, X-ray analysis and NMR spectroscopy. The depicted spatial configurations of 17 different viral and cellular proteins found in the HIV particle are in strict accordance with known 3D structures. The viral membrane in the model includes 160,000 lipid molecules of 8 different types in the proportion found in the HIV particle.

  • See the 360° view of HIV at, here.
  • Click here for explanation of each part of the virus shown in the pictures (click an image to the right and then click ‘Show label’ in the picture’s upper left corner)!

This model of HIV is the most detailed 3D-model of the virus ever made. It summarizes the results from scientific publications in the fields of virology, X-ray analysis and NMR spectroscopy.
Credits: Ivan Konstantinov, Yury Stefanov, Aleksander Kovalevsky and Yegor Voronin of the Visual Science Co

These are pictures from the winners of the 2010 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored jointly by the journal Science and the National Science Foundation, who share spectacular photographs, graphics, illustrations and videos that engage viewers by conveying the complex substance of science through different art forms. This detailed 3-D model of the human immunodeficiency virus won first place in the illustration category.



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  2. WOW..:)

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