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This is the first real image of SARS-CoV-2 in history

After months of work, a team of Austrian scientists came up with a very accurate 3D model of an image of SARS-CoV-2.

Thousands of illustrations, reconstructions and animations have tried to bring it to life. At collective imaginaryIt seems that there is already a more or less accurate image of what it is, how it looks, what it does, how it kills. However, his photo had never been taken before. For the first time in history, science achieved a real image of SARS-CoV-2.

One shot of many takes

Almost 10 months into the global health emergency due to coronavirus, a team of Austrian researchers finally found a real-time photograph of the virus. Made in 3D, this image was taken from various real samples, instantly frozen.

These scientists belong to Nanographics, A company of software development, design and animation with a scientific research twist. The objective of the project was to create a more accurate model, which would allow an image of the SARS-CoV-2 in 360º. In collaboration with KAUST, Scripps Research, and TU Wien, the work finally saw the light of day this week.

Available on the Nanographics page, this model is also interactive with the user. Show a exterior and interior visualization of the virus, in which their structures are clearly appreciated. In this way, it is possible to better understand how it works and find new ways to combat it from render done.

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Investigations continue

Despite the fact that this is the closest model to reality that we currently have, research efforts to represent SARS-CoV-2 persist. Currently, the Austrian team works with information provided by the Tsinghua University in Beijing.

With this database, they managed extract, scan and digitize seized virus particles in various positive patient samples. Frozen as they were, they were able to observe the structures of the virus at the peak of its maturity stage. In the same way, they achieved various animated and audiovisual presentations, available on the official Nanographics website.

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