Depicted in this painting are Lassa virus particles budding from a host cell plasma membrane. Lassa virus particles, as well as other Arenaviruses, often bear the distinctive characteristic of a 'grainy', sandy appearance by electron microscopy. This is because these viruses often take up host cell ribosomes in the process of budding. The presence of ribosomes within the virion lends it its sandy appearance. Lassa virus is known to cause severe illness, including hemorrhagic disease in severe cases.
This acrylic painting is 20" x 16" on a 3/4" thick stretched canvas.