Model of an adenovirus magnified 3 million times

Made:
1985 in Mill Hill
maker:
N Neermut
and
National Institute for Medical Research

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Adenovirus model, magnified three million times, made originally for Living Body exhibition, 1985.

Since being discovered in 1953, one hundred types of adenoviruses have been found, 47 of which affect humans. A body must fight off an adenovirus itself as antibiotics are ineffective. Adenoviruses are only visible under an electron microscope and this model represents an adenovirus enlarged three million times. All adenoviruses are this shape – icosahedral, or twenty-sided. The model was made at the National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill, London.

Details

Category:
Anatomy & Pathology
Object Number:
1986-1390
Measurements:
cut out section: 165 mm x 150 mm x 150 mm,
type:
model
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill