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How Does Soap “Destroy” Coronaviruses?: Modeling Lipid Bilayers

August 01, 2020 12:00 PM EST - August 01, 2020 01:00 PM EST

Just like the cells that make up our bodies, coronaviruses are surrounded by a membrane made up of phospholipid bilayers. This membrane is similar to a soap bubble, which consists of water sandwiched between little polar soap molecules. Using a bubble as a model, we’ll learn how washing your hands with soap and the alcohol from hand sanitizer can disrupt a coronavirus, essentially popping its “bubble”.

 
 

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