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Utilisation of plant viruses in bionanotechnology

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Bionanoscience/technology sits at the interface of chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, engineering and medicine and involves the exploitation of biomaterials, devices or methodologies on the nanoscale. One sub-field of bionanoscience/technology is concerned with the exploitation of biomaterials in the fabrication of new nano-materials and/or -devices. In this Perspective we describe examples of how plant viruses, focusing particularly on cowpea mosaic virus, a naturally occurring pre-formed sphere-like nanoparticle, are being used as templates and/or building blocks in bionanoscience and indicate their potential for future application.

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The article was received on 29 May 2007 and first published on 24 Jul 2007

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/B708175H
Citation: Org. Biomol. Chem., 2007,5, 2891-2902
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    Utilisation of plant viruses in bionanotechnology

    N. F. Steinmetz and D. J. Evans, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2007, 5, 2891
    DOI: 10.1039/B708175H

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