Structure of HIV

Structure of HIV

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Caption: Illustration showing the anatomy of the AIDS virus. The virus has a lipid membrane (the light red outline) similar to cell membranes of other organisms. Attached to the membrane are several envelope proteins (dark blue spokes, with light yellow ends) which attach to the host cell. Within the membrane is another layer of proteins that comprise the capsule (dark yellow edging in middle). The most important part of the virus is its genome, which is 2 strands of RNA (light blue 'S' shapes). Also shown are the reverse transcriptase (blue circles in the center), this enzyme converts the RNA to DNA, and is unique to viruses.

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