Photo: Lorenzo Casalino, Amaro Lab, UC San Diego
New images produced by researchers in several countries help to understand the new coronavirus, reports the New York Times.
The newspaper compiled different researches that mixed methods of microscopy, tomography and computer graphics to visualize the Covid-19 virus.
The image that illustrates this post was produced by researcher Lorenzo Casalino, from the University of California at San Diego. It is an atom-by-atom model of the new coronavirus.
The images were obtained from research centers such as Tsinghua University in China; at the Max Planck Biophysics Institute in Germany; and Stanford and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States.
Visual reproductions of SARS-CoV-2 (the official name of the virus) have been essential for vaccine development. The researchers study the structure of the virus to ensure that antibodies generated by vaccines stick to it firmly.
Other researchers work on molecules that attack the virus’ gears.
Some questions are not yet answered. It is not yet known how long the new coronavirus survives in the droplets released when someone speaks, exhales or coughs.
Dr. Rommie Amaro, director of biomedical computing at the University of California at San Diego, hopes that within a year the team will come up with a complete model of the virus.