(ORDO NEWS) — So this is how you look! Until now, there has only been computer graphics of the coronavirus. Now Austrian researchers have photographed SARS-CoV-2 in 3D for the first time.
This image is taken from 3D images of the real SARS-CoV- 2 virus from instantly frozen samples. They are created by Nanographics, a subsidiary of the Vienna University of Technology. They are based on data from researchers at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Chinese scientists managed to extract, scan and digitize intact SARS-CoV-2 virus particles in samples. At the same time, the scientists managed to preserve the spike proteins of the virus samples in their structure as much as possible.
In the nanographic images, the coronavirus samples are tightly packed together, but individual viruses can also be viewed in isolation in this 3D image.
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