Gaze Upon The Most Beautiful Viruses You'll Ever See

We're taught to think about viruses in certain ways. "Beautiful" isn't one of them, but British artist Luke Jerram - who created these sculptures with virologists and glassblowers - is looking to challenge our preconceptions with his new work. [Guardian.co.uk]

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DISCUSSION

The Guardian article identifies which viruses each of these represents.

1 is SARS

2 is E. coli (a bacterium)

3 is HIV

4, 5 & 8 is H1N1 (Swine Flu)

6 is Smallpox

7 (L to R) Smallpox, Flu, HIV

From the sublime to the ridiculous; here are the cute plush toys at [www.giantmicrobes.com]