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July 31, 2020
What does the Coronavirus really look like?

You cannot see the virus. Until now!

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July 30, 2020
How to make your own 3D printed coronavirus model

The instructions and files below will allow you to create your own model of the virus! All you need is some spare time and a 3D printer.

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July 27, 2020
The Disastrous Life of Nsp15 Endoribonuclease NendoU

A discussion on the structure and function of SARS-CoV-2's Nsp15 (Endoribonuclease NendoU) with a little help from Voltron.

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July 10, 2020
The E protein: A small but mysterious structure

Luise explains the structural variants of the E protein and how it is involved in virus formation and pathogenesis.

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June 28, 2020
Untangling nsp3 - Papain-like Protease

We delve deeper into the differences between nsp3`s and follow through by analyzing the structure of one domain of nsp3 in particular: papain-like protease.

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June 19, 2020
To Model, or Not to Model? That is the Question

A discussion on how we as crystallographers can best present our structural models for consumption by downstream users.

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June 5, 2020
Spike Glycoprotein: Corona’s Key for Invasion

COVID-19 is caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. This virus has a characteristic virus hull featuring surface proteins which are commonly called “spikes”. Protruding from the viral hull like “spikes of a crown”, they give the coronavirus its name (corona = crown).  These proteins make the first contact with human cells and are akin to […]

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June 2, 2020
I Hear SARS-CoV-2 Was Made in a Lab, What do you Think?

It has been said that a lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting its shoes on. This article looks into the claims that SARS-CoV-2 was produced in a lab and presents the science that has now had time to put on its shoes.

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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

How does the spike on the hull of the coronavirus permit it to enter host cells? Why is it a major target for vaccine and antibody design?

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