Icosahedral Models and Viruses: A Critical Evaluation

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Science  24 Aug 1962:
Vol. 137, Issue 3530, pp. 613-615
DOI: 10.1126/science.137.3530.613


The evidence for a 42 capsomere structure for the capsid of the papova viruses and 92 for reovirus and woundtumor viruses is corroborated. Some of the difficulties inherent in comparing large-scale icosahedral models with high-resolution electron micrographs of virus particles displaying cubic symmetry are discussed.