Don't be fooled by other virus products that are arbitrarily named, This model is actually representative of the real structure of this virus.
The virus is also shaded with procedural materials to allow infinite resolution no matter how close up you zoom into the model. It also uses sub-surface scattering to achieve an organic look.
The model was built using quads, with efficiency in mind during the modeling process. It is designed to have the maximum detail with the least amount of polys needed to keep that shape. This is especially important to keep in mind if your are adding this model to a large scene with lots of objects. Using this model over others may help maintain system performance.
Using this model can help created realistic and high definition renderings to convey research or information to a 3rd party for informative or promotional means.
Mimivirus is a viral genus containing a single identified species named Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus (APMV). Or is a group of (designated usually MimiN) phylogenetically related large viruses. In colloquial speech, APMV is more commonly referred to as just “mimivirus”. It has the largest capsid diameter of all known viruses, as well as a large and complex genome compared with other viruses. Though knowledge of the virus is relatively limited, the discovery of the virus excited many people due to the implications of its complex nature, with people hailing it as everything from a new domain of life to a missing link between viruses and bacteria