Viruses like HIV build a “suit of armor” out of nucleic acids to protect their genetic information. If scientists could develop a clear picture of how a virus assembles this protective suit, called a capsid, it could reveal potential weaknesses that could be exploited for treatment. John Grime and Gregory Voth from Center for Multiscale Theory and Simulation are developing just such an image of how the HIV virus assembles its capsid using advanced molecular modeling. Read more about their work from the Computation Institute’s blog, Scale Out.

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Matt Wood is a senior science writer at the University of Chicago Medicine and nonfiction editor for Another Chicago Magazine.

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