Using x-ray laser specialists from National accelerator laboratory SLAC made three-dimensional picture of the virus. It took to combine more than 200 x-ray images.
Separate images of scientists gathered in a single three-dimensional image, reflecting the structure of the virus and its shape. Mimivirus, which managed to register, belongs to the class of giant viruses, opened about ten years ago. Previously it was a bacterium.
The size of the virus is approximately 450 nm, which is larger than normal viruses a thousand times. That is why mimivirus was chosen as an object for research.
Scientists call the result a real breakthrough in medicine and Virology. Three-dimensional image of pathogens should clarify some points in the mechanisms of reproduction and functioning of the virus.