New, incredibly detailed images of COVID-19, revealing its spiky shape and interaction with human cells, have emerged which are helping scientists in the battle for a cure.
A team of scientists in China created the first images of the COVID-19 virus in an important milestone on the road to finding a vaccine and cure.
Dr Sai Li, a structural biologist at Tsinghua University in Beijing, worked with virologists who were creating the virus in a biosafety lab in the city of Hangzhou.
They treated the virus with a chemical to make it harmless, then sent a sample of virus-filled fluid to Li.
He and his team reduced the virus to a single drop, which Li flash-froze, and then looked at through a cryo-electron microscope.
‘I saw a screen full of viruses,’ Li told the New York Times, looking at something that measured less