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Physical virology

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Guillaume Tresset
Amélie Leforestier


Viruses combine remarkable structural and functional properties unmatched by present-day synthetic systems. Despite a huge body of work dedicated to the molecular biology of viral life cycles, the ability of viruses to self-assemble still defies theoretical understanding. There are currently no physical models accounting reliably for the dynamic pathways along which the hundreds of molecular building blocks making up a virus fit into the final structure with a pinpoint accuracy. Our goal is therefore to better understand the dynamical processes underlying the assembly and self-organization phenomena in viruses by exploiting the experimental and theoretical concepts used in soft matter and statistical physics.

 

VIRUS-LIKE PARTICLES


NON-EQUILIBRIUM DYNAMICS


BACTERIOPHAGE DNA