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Nature 259, 632 - 635 (26 February 1976); doi:10.1038/259632a0

The role of long range forces in ordered arrays of tobacco mosaic virus

V. Adrian Parsegian & Stephen L. Brenner

Physical Sciences Laboratory, Division of Computer Research and Technology, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20014

We examine the role of electrostatic repulsion and van der Waals' attraction in determining interviral spacings in ‘equilibrium’ gels of tobacco mosaic virus. The observed spacings are inconsistent with a force-balance model. Experimental probes of the role of forces are suggested.

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