Viruses that you can love

The New York Times has an article that details an art exhibit of viral particles created out of glass by sculptor Luke Jerram. They are fairly accurate representations of viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis C virions. In glass. They are breathtaking.

But as beautiful as they are, my favorite quote was from the article’s author regarding the artist and his sculptures and science:

he groused in a way that would endear him to any grumpy science-journalism hack.

“I’m just now on the front page of one of the Nature journals,” he said. “But they used one of my swine flu sculptures to illustrate H.I.V. You’d think they would have known better.”

Thanks to Brandy Dykhuizen  for the article.

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