American scientists have created the first version of a full three-dimensional model of coronavirus. To do this, they calculated the atomic structure of its shell using a supercomputer, writes TASS.
According to scientists, a single particle of SARS-CoV-2 consists of approximately 200 million atoms, which complicates the process of studying the virus using particle accelerators that receive images with atomic resolution. At the same time, images of the virus components were made in different laboratories with different resolutions, which is why taking a single image took a lot of time. Frontera supercomputer at the University of Texas at Austin was used to “glue” different photos. Scientists add that on the basis of the atomic model, you can get a fully three-dimensional image of what a single virus particle looks like. This will help identify new pathways for the virus and develop an effective cure for infection.
Earlier, Russian doctors filmed the effect of coronavirus on the human body. So, experts captured the process of how the infection gradually captures the lungs of one of the patients.
According to the latest data, a total of 495 cases of coronavirus infection were registered in Russia, 57 of them were detected over the past day. In total, almost 400 thousand cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection were recorded in the world.