Animated Virtual Trading Cards That Show Off the Fascinating Molecular Structure of Individual Viruses


Eleanor Lutz, the self-described designer with a molecular biology degree, has come up with another brilliantly creative idea. For this project she used molecular 3D modeling to create Virus Trading Cards, virtual 3D animated cards that show off the complex, symmetrical and fascinating molecular structure of viruses.

This week I made a set of virus trading cards! Viruses are surprisingly symmetrical, and I love them because they remind me of a biological version of snowflakes. Each trading card shows you the structure of the viral capsid – the protein shell protecting the genetic material inside a virus.




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