नवीन कोरोनाविषाणू त्यांच्या पृष्ठभागावर असलेल्या S-प्रथिनांचा वापर करून आपल्या पेशीत प्रवेश करतात. या प्रथिनाची संरचना उलगडल्यामुळे या विषाणूचा प्रसार कसा होतो, तसेच औषधे आणि लसनिर्मिती कोणत्या दिशेने करावी, हे शास्त्रज्ञांना चांगल्या प्रकारे समजण्यास मदत झाली आहे.
The novel coronavirus uses spike proteins scattered on its surface to break into our cells. Unravelling this protein’s structure has helped scientists better understand how the virus spreads, and shaped drug and vaccine development.
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is the largest publicly funded R&D organization in the country. We spoke to Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, the Director General, about CSIR’s role in the COVID-19 crisis. In this “as told to” article, Dr. Mande outlines the various strategies and efforts being undertaken in CSIR labs to combat the pandemic.