• The approach, known as a coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation, has allowed them to generate trajectories at different temperatures and lipid compositions -- revealing various characteristics about the membrane components that may help scientists better understand how the virus survives in the wild or find new ways to combat it.
  • "In the current publication, this is just a single virion in a water droplet -- but what could really get interesting is if we start putting in other molecules of interest, such as therapeutic agents," said Tyler Reddy.
  • "We are a long way from being able to perform molecular dynamics simulations that span the year time scale," Reddy said. "Nonetheless, we now have a platform for looking at influenza A virion behavior in silico, and perhaps certain compounds or solutions could be used to accelerate destabilization on an observable time scale," Reddy said.

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