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Wat maakt een virus sterk?
Simpel en effectief. Virussen zijn niet meer dan een kleine hoeveelheid DNA met een beschermende huls eromheen. Wat maakt ze dan toch zo sterk en levensvatbaar? En kunnen we die eigenschappen gebruiken voor nieuwe toepassingen? Biofysicus Gijs Wuite stelt virussen op de proef om te achterhalen hoe ze in elkaar zitten.

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Prof. dr. Gijs Wuite

Gijs Wuite (1972) doet onderzoek op het snijvlak van de natuurkunde en de biologie. Zijn onderzoeksgroep is erin geslaagd om met een micropincet van laserstralen bacterieel chromosoom verder te ontrafelen. De groep heeft laten zien hoe een belangrijk eiwit strengen van DNA in bacteriën bij elkaar houdt. Door deze techniek is nu voor het eerst verklaarbaar hoe de chaotische kluwen die bacterieel DNA lijkt te zijn, toch netjes georganiseerd is en dynamisch kan functioneren. Wuite is voorzitter van de commissie die het natuurkundeonderwijs aan de VU volledig is aan het herzien om een bredere studentenpopulatie aan te spreken.

Credits

redactie: Moira van Dijk; camera & montage: John Treffer; grafische elementen: SproetS; muzikale elementen: Daan van West

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