This picture depicts the three different particles of the hepatitis B virus: the complete Dane particle, the smaller surface antigen sphere, and the sausage-shaped particle.

An electron micrograph of a group of Hepatitis B virions. Arrows indicate inner cores.

A Depiction of Dane Particles or intact infectious virions


A diagram of the complete and incomplete virions.

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© Copyright Linda M Stannard, 1995.