Structural Task Force

making the invisible enemy visible
"David S. Goodsell, RCSB Protein Data Bank; doi: 10.2210/rcsb_pdb/goodsell-gallery-019"

What's it all about

As the COVID-19 pandemic challenges the world, an international team of researchers came together to contribute to the global effort of fighting corona virus. We are making the invisible enemy visible by looking at the molecules that make up the virus and facilitate its life cycle.

Structural biologists can use this homepage as a starting point - for example for structure-based drug design projects on known macromolecules.

Computational Modellers will find dedicated information about models here - for example for the calculation of unknown SARS-CoV-2 structures.

Members of the Public can get an insight into the molecules that make up the corona virus and how exactly our work can help combat the pandemic.
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Haruspex example by andrea Thorn (PDB 6AHU)

Recent Posts

For scientists and for members of the public.
June 2, 2020
I Hear SARS-CoV-2 Was Made in a Lab, What do you Think?

Introduction The short answer to this question is “almost certainly not”. However, we live in an unprecedented time; where people are both tired of experts while simultaneously believing that having read a meme on social media makes one an expert. So, what do I even mean by “almost certainly”? Between the politicians and the scientists […]

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May 18, 2020
How can we measure the structures of macromolecules?

How are the structures of proteins measured? Which common methods are there? What Data do you get?

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May 12, 2020
Spike Glycoprotein: The Key to Invade the Host Cell

The spike protein is the key for infection and one of the major drug targets in the fight against COVID-19. Sabrina Stäb gives you the details!

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April 30, 2020
Making a Virus-Killer

Andrea explains how medicinal drugs are designed, why Aspirin helps against your headache and how the Task Force helps drug designers against COVID-19.

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April 22, 2020
Untangling Nsp3 of SARS-CoV-2

The world holds its breath as the novel Coronavirus continues to spread across the world, bringing our lives to a halt. We have gathered a lot of knowledge about the virus but there are still many gaps to fill. The non-structural-protein 3 (nsp3) represents one of these gaps in our knowledge. As the largest protein encoded by the coronaviruses genome, untangling its structure and function poses a huge task.

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April 15, 2020
The invisible enemy

What is the virus? Which molecular structures make up SARS-CoV-2? How can it infect other cells?

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questions about corona virus macromolecules or the Structural Taskforce.
But we cannot give any medical advice - please ask a medical
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