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New and Notable

TitleNew and Notable
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsBen-Shaul, A, Gelbart, WM
JournalBiophysical Journal

DNA is the genetic material of all living things, except for viruses, most of which have genomes that are RNA—not DNA. Further, the majority of viral RNA genomes are single-stranded (ss) rather than duplex chains. The simplest of these ssRNA viruses, whether infecting bacteria, plants, or animals, involve a single copy of their genome, protected (packaged) by a single-molecule-thick spherical shell (capsid) of protein, which is typically smaller than 25 nm in radius. The small size is advantageous for minimizing the amount of ...

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