The first series of pictures of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 have come to light wherein the virus can be seen merging with the lung cells to create more viruses.
Qiang Zhou and his team from Westlake University, China found how this virus attaches to a respiratory receptor called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2. Thomas Gallagher of Loyola College has expressed his fascination at the surprising depth in the pictures- which show fusion at the atomic level. This student of coronavirus spoke about how it was quite stunning to get this level of information so quickly.
But Gallagher believes it to be important- for, if a vaccine is to be made for this virus, it is important that researchers have complete knowledge about the what’s and the why’s.