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Imaging HIV in infected cells reveals viral tactics




 

The tactics that HIV uses to infect cells have been visualised in greater detail than ever before, thanks to a microscopy technique that allows even structures within viruses to be seen.

Conventional light microscopes cannot resolve structures that are smaller than about 200 nanometres because they are limited by the wavelength of visible light. Viruses, which typically measure 25 to 300 nm, are just too small to see.

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