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Viruses: Making Friends with Old Foes

Access to the article is free, however registration and sign-in are required: The study of viruses has traditionally focused on their roles as infectious agents and as tools for understanding cell biology. Viruses are now finding a new expanded role as nanoplatforms with applications in materials science and medicine. Viruses form highly symmetrical monodisperse architectures and are ideal templates for engineering multifunctionality, including multivalent display of surface ligands and encapsulation of inorganic and organic materials. These developments assure that viruses will find applications as versatile nanoscale materials.

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Resource Type: Review, Journal article/Issue, Diagram
Audience Level: Undergraduate lower division 13-14, Undergraduate upper division 15-16

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Authors and Editors: Trevor Douglas of Center for Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials, Montana State University, Mark Young of Center for Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials, Montana State University
Publisher: AAAS
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