3d Visualization of Virus Self-Assembly

The following video shows a simplified model for virus assembly. Presumably, the flat part of the pieces represents the hydrophilic part of the molecules, while the pointy part is the hydrophobic end.

As was mentioned in the article “Biomolecules and Nanotechnology”, structures on the microscopic level are strongly affected by thermal vibrations — ie. the “random shaking” in this video. Correctly designed “pieces” can even use these random fluctuations to do work, like self-assembly.

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