• Question: why are viruses a "rocket shape"?

    Asked by sodiumpolyacrylate to David, James, Mike, Suze, Will on 21 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Suze Kundu

      Suze Kundu answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      I didn’t know that they were! I’ll look into this one for you… I thought that they looked like those weird toys that are spherical, with bits sticking out of them, that bounce and wobble about… There must be different shapes depending on their purpose. I’ll read up on it for you – unless the boys beat me to it! I’ve got my Departmental Ball tonight, so answers will be late tonight, sorry! 🙁

    • Photo: Mike Dodd

      Mike Dodd answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      Suze is right, there are different shapes of virus. Some have “legs” to grab hold of cells and inject there DNA. others are round, which have spikes to stick to cells and help them be absorbed into the cells.

    • Photo: William Eborall

      William Eborall answered on 21 Jun 2011:

      Here’s a brilliant link that shows glass sculptures of different viruses someone has made 🙂