The Connector Rotation Hypothesis? Phage Do Not Pack Their DNA By Rotation

Fri, 23 Feb 2007 09:00 PM EST

... The life cycles of many viruses include a self-assembly stage in which a powerful molecular motor must pack the DNA genome into the virus's preformed shell (the capsid). How it manages this intricate feat has been subject to debate, but we know that the DNA passes into the capsid shell through a channel formed by a structure called the connector. [click link for full article] ...