Scientists announce 'breakthrough' atomic map of coronavirus

Doctor Paul McKay, who is working on a vaccine for the 2019-nCoV strain of the novel coronavirus, poses for a photograph with bacteria containing the coronavirus DNA on February 10, 2020. PHOTO | TOLGA AKMEN | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The team from the University of Texas at Austin and the National Institutes of Health first studied the genetic code of the virus made publicly available by Chinese researchers, and used it to develop a stabilized sample of a key part called the spike protein.

  • They then imaged the spike protein using cutting-edge technology known as cryogenic electron microscopy, publishing their findings in the journal Science.



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