Scientists have deciphered the full genome of a new type of coronavirus

Scientists have deciphered the complete genome of a new type of coronavirus. Understanding how SARS COV-2 works will improve the diagnosis of the disease and understand how it spreads. Scientists from Argentina managed to do this, President Alberto Fernandez said on Twitter.

Work on the study of a new type of coronavirus began in February 2020 – then biologists from the University of Texas deciphered the exact three-dimensional structure of those envelope proteins of the virus that are directly involved in cell infection. Then the data was published in the German GISAID database.

This made it possible to establish that the shell is only a small part of the atomic structure of the virus, which consists of approximately 200 million atoms. Due to their large number, researchers were not able to study the virus using particle accelerators, which allow you to take pictures at the atomic level.

After that, scientists from the University of California using the Frontera supercomputer created the first atomic model of a new type of coronavirus.

Now Argentine scientists have deciphered the complete genome of the virus. Fernandez’s report clarifies that decoding the genome will help improve the diagnosis of epidemiological surveillance and advance towards vaccine development.

Author: Flyn Braun
Graduated from Cambridge University. Previously, he worked in various diferent news media. Currently, it is a columnist of the us news section in the Free News editors.
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