See the corona virus as closely as you've never seen

A new 3D video provides an unprecedented look at the tiny virus that has changed the entire world. The video was created by scientists based on detailed databases collected about the Corona virus around the world
A new video provides an unprecedented glimpse into the tiny organism that has changed the lives of billions of people around the world. The SARS-CoV-2 virus, better known as the corona virus, appears in a new 3D simulation as never before, in detail and close up to the atomic level.


The video was produced by Visual Science Biomedical Studio and for the purpose of creating the video, which experts claim to be "the most accurate that can be", were assisted by molecular biologists and computer biology experts who used all the scientific information published about its virus and its structure. They were also aided by the Protein Database, an international database containing information on 3D structures of various biological molecules such as viruses, proteins, and nucleic acids. They were also assisted by feedbacks from virological structures specialists throughout the video creation process.

 said Dr. Yuri Stepanov, director of the imaging studio, in a statement to IFLScience.
Corona virus particles are plumorphic, which means that their outer shape can change, but they are usually described as elliptical or circular in shape and range from 50 to 150 nm. The bright colors in the video represent the proteins encoded in the viral genome, while the gray areas symbolize the structures present in the host cells, which the virus has taken over.


Deep look and incredible detail

The new imaging provides a deeper look than its predecessors and shows in striking detail the hallmark of the virus - the spikes or thorns, which compare to the appearance of the crown (from which the virus can be named Corona from the Crown, Crown), which are actually glycoproteins that adorn the wall of the virus - the membrane that actually holds The whole structure of the virus.

This structure includes the spikes on the surface of the virus that interact with human cell receptors and allow the virus to penetrate them," explained Ivan Constantinov, CEO and founder of Visual Science Studio.

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Scientists around the world have already documented the structure and visibility of the high-resolution virus at a relatively early stage of the epidemic. In April, researchers from the Oswaldo Cruise Institute in Brazil isolated samples of the virus and published its first images, taken with an electron microscope. Additional images, taken at the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases in the United States, provided a glimpse into how hundreds of virus particles are scattered on the surface of a human cell, taken in a sample from a Corona patient.