This paper summarizes and codifies the research from more than a hundred scientific papers into one HIV model. Researchers hope that this model will help them to develop new treatments for the disease.
The model accurately depicts the 3D structures of 17 different viral and cellular proteins found in the virus. The viral membrane in the model has 160,000 lipid molecules of eight different types in the same proportions as in the virus.
On the Visual Science website, display labels for the model, look deep inside it, and even rotate the model on your screen.
This model of HIV was on the cover of the special issue of Nature Medicine (September 8, 2010) prepared by the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise.