INVESTIGATION & DESIGN


The real 3D structure of the COVID19 virus

22/01/2021

CATEGORY: Design BRAND: Nanographics



Scientists from the Austrian company Nanographics show, for the first time, the SARS-CoV-2 virus in 3D in unprecedented detail.

 


The company Nanographics allows us to visualize scientifically precise atomistic models of SARS-CoV-2, in 3D.

 

Through the collaboration of scientists from the Chinese University of Tsinghua, who scanned virions of SARS-CoV-2 with cyroelectronic tomography (cryo-ET), images of the virus were obtained in extreme resolution.

 

However, these images were still too noisy to display in 3D. With the help of KAUST, we were able to turn these scans into an amazing visualization showing the shape of the SARS-CoV-2 virions.

 

By identifying different parts of the virus particles and coloring them with artificial colors, they have been able to show us, for the first time, the real coronavirus in unprecedented detail.

 

More information at www.nanographics.at

 

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