Study reveals trick coronavirus uses to evade immune system, which may help upgrade vaccines against new variants

The novel coronavirus

The novel coronavirus uses a mechanism similar to car windshield wipers in order to defend itself against the human immune system, a new study says. The authors believe their model could help reinforce existing vaccines.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, is surrounded by extended spike proteins – the primary weapon it uses to ‘pierce’ and infect human cells. Previous research produced only static models of such proteins, which failed to capture their flexibility and movement.

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