Biology, digested

At first glance, I thought this was a knitting masterpiece and even though I don’t know how to knit, I wanted the pattern! I was wrong.

This 3-dimensional digital recreation by Ivan Konstantinov is the most detailed model of the HIV virus to date and won first place for illustrations in the 2010 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.

The two-tone color scheme shows HIV (orange) attacking and fusing with a host cell (grey). The triangular cut-away shows how the virus integrates itself into the cell in order to replicate. It required the combined information from over 100 scientific publications to create!

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