Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, December 23rd, 2003
The three-dimensional images obtained by Purdue University researchers give scientists their most detailed look yet of the virus and could help them design drugs to disarm it.
The Purdue team found the virus to be about 2 millionths of an inch wide - small even in the minuscule realm of viruses.
"It's small as viruses come, but that doesn't diminish in any way its ability to infect and kill cells," said Richard J. Kuhn, a professor of biological sciences in Purdue's School of Science.
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