Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter is currently running a Special Issue on soft quasicrystals, guided by guest editors Primoz Ziherl & Tomonari Dotera. This week’s image is from one of the most recent articles of the issue by Sergei Rochal et al., in which they investigate the local quasicrystalline order of proteins in small spherical viral capsids.
They propose a quasicrystalline model based on the unfolding of spherical shells into the nets of a dodecahedral type and contrast its merits with those of previous methods. Chiefly, they show that this model allows for the uniform description of a series of small viral capsids with diverse numbers of proteins for the first time.
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