Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), like the related rabies virus, is a bullet-shaped virus.  Hong Zhou has just added VSV to his collection of cryo-electron microscopy virion structures,1 and as always with viruses, it’s just gorgeous.

Structure of VSV by cryo-electron microscopy VSV structure and assembly
“Architecture of the VSV virion. … A montage model of the tip and the cryo-EM map of the trunk”1 “A plausible process by which the nucleocapsid ribbon generates the virion head, starting with its bullet tip.”1


  1. Peng Ge, Jun Tsao, Stan Schein, Todd J. Green, Ming Luo, & Hong Zhou (2010). Cryo-EM Model of the Bullet-Shaped Vesicular Stomatitis Virus. Science, 327 (5966), 689-693 DOI:10.1126/science.1181766[][][]