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Peering Under the Hood of SARS-CoV-2

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Photo: KAUST; Ivan Viola

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Information from electron microscope images and protein databases has been used to develop a detailed 3D model of SARS-CoV-2, which can be readily updated as new data becomes available. The modeling tool has the potential for visualizing components in other biological organisms, ranging from 10 to 100 nanometers in size.

"Our 3D model demonstrates the current state-of-the-art structure of SARS-CoV-2 at the atomistic level and reveals details of the virus that were previously impossible to see, like how we think nucleocapsid proteins form a rope-like structure inside it," says KAUST research scientist Ond? EJ ...