It has entered our lives for a year now with its well-known tragic results. It's time to see what the new coronavirus really looks like.
Since the beginning of the pandemic we have seen countless computer-generated images of the coronavirus. Now, the SARS-CoV2 virus, which causes Covid-19 disease, has been “captured” for the first time with the help of 3-D technology.
The Austrian company Nanographics, a branch of the Technical University of Vienna, used new techniques and created three-dimensional images of real SARS-CoV-2 viruses from frozen samples, according to Bild.
For Nanographics, the creation and depiction of structural models of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus contributes greatly to scientific research by shedding plenty of light on how Covid disease spreads.
The study was conducted with the help of researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing.
“Intact” SARS-CoV-2 virus particles were extracted into samples, followed by cryo-EM scanning in which the sample was frozen and bombarded with electrons. “The deflection of the electrons due to the interaction with the sample gives a picture of the structure of the virus”, as the German newspaper reports, explaining the method of photographic recording of the coronavirus applied by the Austrian company.