Structural biology in the fight against COVID-19

Montserrat Bárcena, Christopher O. Barnes, Martin Beck, Pamela J. Bjorkman, Bruno Canard, George F. Gao, Yunyun Gao, Rolf Hilgenfeld, Gerhard Hummer, Ardan Patwardhan, Gianluca Santoni, Erica Ollmann Saphire, Christiane Schaffitzel, Sharon L. Schendel, Janet L. Smith, Andrea Thorn, David Veesler, Peijun Zhang, Qiang Zhou


Since the release of the SARS-CoV-2 genomic sequence in January 2020, structural biologists have been hard at work to reach a molecular and atomic understanding of this insidious virus. Despite disruptions and restrictions due to pandemic lockdowns, they have generated a high volume of data and scientific articles. They have also put considerable effort into peer reviewing manuscripts and project proposals on the topic. Nevertheless, several of those researchers have carved time out of their busy schedules to contribute to this Feature and tell us about the role of structural biology in the fight against SARS-CoV-2 and other emerging viral diseases, the technological developments that have allowed such rapid progress, and future directions for the field.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNature structural & molecular biology
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)2-7
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2021

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 201-04 Structural Biology

Coronavirus related work

  • Research on SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19


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