protein coat

noun Microbiology.
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In that model the bugs were exposed to low concentration so formaldehyde to stimulate the production of a protective protein coat.
On top of the electrolyte they added a virus modified to produce a protein coat that collects molecules of cobalt oxide.
Once inside, the tiny marauder infiltrates the cells and sheds its protective protein coat.
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