IMAGES: Attack Mode

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Science  01 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5484, pp. 1427
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5484.1427c

A viral particle (blue) gloms onto a human white blood cell in this scanning electron micrograph. The attacker is human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV-1), a retrovirus that's common in some parts of the world and causes leukemia or other illness in 5% of carriers. It was caught in the act by microscopist Dennis Kunkel of the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and appears in The Big Picture Book of Viruses —a collection of dozens of micrographs, models, and cartoons culled from various Web sites. You'll find cutaway diagrams of HIV, bumpy molecular models of herpesvirus, artfully colorized micrographs of rabies, and even the first fuzzy image ever taken in 1976 of Ebola virus (a sort of curvy Y shape). The book includes rap sheets on the outlaws, and links lead to more info on curator David Sander's main virology site.

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