The names of the first strain of the virus, went from --"Wuhan virus" to "novel coronavirus-2019" to "COVID-19" virus, and now official designation is: "SARS-CoV-2 "(severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2).
Image Left: pdb:6VSB -Prefusion 2019-nCoV spike glycoprotein with a single receptor-binding domain up. Released: 2020-02-26 in Protein Data Bank as 6VSB. Image shows the trimer of the spike protein with one of the three receptor-binding domains (RBDs) rotated up in a receptor-accessible conformation.
The virus mutated rapidly first in China to the more virulant D614G mutation which traveled to Europe and since became the dominant strain in the US. More recently even more transmissible variants have ocurred namely:
Just as the 20th century was marked by the development of electricity, telephones, aviation, computing, and private motor vehicles, the 21st century will be marked by significant progress in a broad spectrum of technologies, among them: molecular computing, genomics, rational drug design, and alternative energy. What will be common to all these new technologies?
They will all be possible because of a greater understanding of The World of Molecules.
Image Left: Photosythetic Reaction Center (1PRC PDB) showing Chlorphyll "Special Pair". Image shows Chorophyll molecules (green); Pheophytin molecules (grey); dihydroneurosporene(yellow); quinones (red). See: Molecules of Color-- Photosynthetic Pigments
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