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Virus hydrophobicity can help purify vaccines

Researchers hope to catch viruses for detection and vaccinations by understanding their sticky outer layers. A new paper details surface hydrophobicity in porcine parovirus (PPV). Because virus hydrophobicity is relatively new and difficult to measure, the research team focused on using hydrophobicity models as a comparison. They compared the expected hydrophobicity measurements based on the main protein from the virus, the non-enveloped PPV, to well-studied model proteins that span a range of repelling or attracting water.

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