Researchers at the University of Delaware have gained new insights into the virus that causes hepatitis B.
“With hepatitis B, the structure of the capsid has been known for years, but we wanted to study its motion and its influence on its surroundings,” said Jodi A. Hadden, an independent postdoctoral researcher in UD’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the lead author of the new paper.
Hadden and the research team used supercomputing resources to perform what are known as all-atom molecular dynamics simulations.
Molecular dynamics simulations allow researchers to study the way molecules move in order to learn how they carry out their functions in nature. Computer simulations are the only method that can reveal the motion of molecular systems down to the atomic level and are sometimes referred to as the “computational microscope.”
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