If you haven’t been paying attention to the news at all this year, you might not have heard of the Coronavirus, aka COVID-19. The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome.

A Ph.D. student from the University of Toronto is doing his part to help the fight against COVID-19. His software, called cryoSPARC, can process data of the corona spike protein and get 3d images in realtime of any drastic increases.

The University of Texas at Austin and U.S. National Institutes of Health recently created the first-ever 3d atomic-scale map of the part of the virus that attaches to and infects human cells. They are using the UofT cryoSPARC software to reach the new discovery.

The 3d mapping is the first step to creating a viable vaccine candidate.

 

Read more about this discovery below:

Breakthrough in Coronavirus Research Results in New Map to Support Vaccine Design

Read more here:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/coronavirus-treatment-and-vaccine-development-1.5511346