Human Immunodeficiency Virus 1 (HIV-1) is an enveloped, positive-sense RNA virus known for causing acquire immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Mature HIV-1 virions have a distinctive appearance by electron microscopy with a characteristic cone-shaped core which encases the viral RNA and replication proteins. However, immediately after budding from a host cell the core of the 'immature' virus particle is, as yet, unstructured. Depicted in this painting are these immature virions budding from a host CD4+ T cell.
This acrylic painting is 18" x 24" and 5/8" thick on stretched canvas.