Swine flu virus, glass sculpture

Swine flu virus, glass sculpture

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Caption: Swine flu virus, glass sculpture. British artist looking at his glass sculpture of the swine flu virus. This sculpture was designed by the British artist Luke Jerram in consultation with virologists and created in collaboration with glass blowers. It features a transparent outer layer, which represents the outer membrane of the virus, and an opaque inner section, which represents the nucleocapsid protein and RNA. Smaller globular structures protruding from the outer layer represent surface proteins. The sculpture measures 25 centimetres tall. Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses. The H1N1 strain also contains genetic material from bird and human influenza viruses and is able to spread from human to human.

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