HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Biologists build better software, beat path to viral knowledge

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Insight into the workings of previously inscrutable viruses has been made possible by a team of biologists whose improvements to computer software may one day contribute to the fight against viral disease.

With a few deft lines of computer code, Purdue University's Wen Jiang and his research group have created a powerful new tool for lab research that should allow scientists to obtain high-resolution images of some of the world's smallest biological entities - the viruses. Too minuscule to be usefully observed with many conventional imaging devices, viruses' internal structures must often be viewed with microscopes that require sophisticated computer control to make sense of the tiny objects. Advances in the field often come to those who can create the best custom software, and Jiang's team has done just that, opening up for observation a group of viruses that scientists previously could not get a bead on.

As the team reports in the cover article of this week's (Feb. 2) edition of Nature, the researchers have used their methods to examine one such virus that attacks bacteria.

"While before we could only see virus parts that were symmetric, we can now see those that have non-symmetric structures, such as portions of the one our paper focuses on, the Epsilon 15 virus that attacks salmonella," said Jiang, who recently joined Purdue's College of Science as an assistant professor of biology. "This software will enable a substantial expansion of what we can see and study. We remain limited to observing those viruses that are identical from one individual viral particle to the next - which, sadly, is still only a small portion of the viral species that are out there. But it is a major step forward toward our goal of seeing them all."

Jiang conducted the work while at Baylor College of Medicine with that institution's Juan Chang, Joanita Jakana and Wah Chiu, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Peter W
'"/>

Contact: Chad Boutin
cboutin@purdue.edu
765-494-2081
Purdue University
1-Feb-2006


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Biologists at Tufts University discover 1 reason why chromosomes break, often leading to cancer
2. Biologists prove critical step in membrane fusion
3. Biologists call for better choice of model organisms in evo-devo
4. Biologists produce global map of plant biodiversity
5. Biologists develop large gene dataset for rice plant
6. Biologists probe the machinery of cellular protein factories
7. American Society of Plant Biologists Annual Meeting August 5-9 in Boston
8. Biologists find regions of rice domestication
9. How healthy is that marsh? Biologists count parasites
10. Biologists estimate the value of services provided by insects
11. Biologists develop genome-wide map of miRNA-mRNA interactions

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Biologists build better software beat path viral knowledge

(Date:3/12/2015)... , March 12, 2015 The mascots of ... Children,s Hospital, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. ... for the 2015 ACC Men,s Basketball Tournament. Young patients ... them and getting their autographs. Brenner Children,s ... It is the only children,s hospital in northwest ...
(Date:3/10/2015)... , March 10, 2015  Continuing its 167-year ... Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Eye Scanning Password ... before granting access to secure websites or sensitive data. ... verify travelers at international borders, the device has a ... pattern points of the iris, converting them into an ...
(Date:3/4/2015)... Mar. 04, 2015 Research and Markets ... of the "Global Biometrics Market Forecast and ... The market for biometric authentication systems is ... 14% till 2020 The driving forces ... security needs, government projects and constant development in ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Hammacher Schlemmer Introduces The Eye Scanning Password Authenticator 2Global Biometrics Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2020 2Global Biometrics Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2020 3
(Date:3/27/2015)... March 27, 2015 WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) ... R&D capability and technology platform company serving the ... today that an Investigational New Drug (IND) application ... rheumatoid arthritis has been accepted for review by ... In September 2012, MedImmune, the global ...
(Date:3/26/2015)... 26, 2015 PRC Clinical, a Silicon-Valley ... several management and executive appointments effective immediately. , Mike ... (CFO) and member of the Board of Directors. Daniel ... and Sue Dowden will assume the position of Senior ... Chief Operations Officer (COO), has been appointed to the ...
(Date:3/26/2015)... and CINCINNATI , March 26, ... SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG ) and Cincinnati Children,s ... research collaboration for rare diseases. The goal of the ... to treat rare diseases with high unmet medical ... Cincinnati Children,s research expertise. As a nationally ranked ...
(Date:3/26/2015)... "In America," the popular news television program that ... hosted by legendary film actor James Earl Jones, has announced ... upcoming segment. , Botany is commonly described as the ... quite a bit more complicated than that. Scientists and other ... organisms, from the smallest bacteria known to man to the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Investigational New Drug Application for WuXi MedImmune's Monoclonal Antibody Accepted for Review by CFDA 2Investigational New Drug Application for WuXi MedImmune's Monoclonal Antibody Accepted for Review by CFDA 3PRC Clinical Announces Key Management Appointments and Launches East Coast Operations 2PRC Clinical Announces Key Management Appointments and Launches East Coast Operations 3Shire and Cincinnati Children's Establish Rare Disease Research Collaboration 2Shire and Cincinnati Children's Establish Rare Disease Research Collaboration 3Shire and Cincinnati Children's Establish Rare Disease Research Collaboration 4Shire and Cincinnati Children's Establish Rare Disease Research Collaboration 5
Cached News: