Behind the discovery is the Austrian company “Nanographics” and according to the company, this is a real SARS-CoV-2 virion, in 3D, directly from the electron microscopy scans and not an animation
This is not a computer model but the first coronavirus imaging that has made the planet upside down, with governments imposing severely restrictive measures against Covid-19 in most countries.
The researchers were able to capture the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 disease for the first time with their lens, which is even visible in 3D.
Behind the discovery is the Austrian company “Nanographics”, a branch of the Technical University of Vienna, which used the new technology to visualize the virus in 3D with the help of its frozen samples.
For the company “Nanographics”, the creation and depiction of structural models of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus contribute greatly to scientific research by shedding much light on how Covid disease spreads.
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According to the Austrian network ORF, Ivan Viola from the Vienna University of Technology and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia said the study was carried out with the help of researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing.
“Intact” SARS-CoV-2 virus particles were extracted into samples, and then scanned by cryo-EM microscopy (Cryo-EM) 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.