US RESEARCHERS published new images of the Covid-19 coronavirus that has infected tens of thousands of people in China, some of the most detailed visuals yet of the pathogen.
The images were released on Thursday by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. They were made with scanning and transmission electron microscopes. Electron microscopes use a beam of energy to take detailed pictures of objects that can be too small to see with a normal microscope.
The images of the virus have been colourised to make them easier to view.
Researchers have been growing samples of the virus in labs in order to study it, and to begin testing experimental and existing drugs against the disease. Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like shapes on their surface. – Bloomberg