SARS-CoV-2 Virus

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  • Published Date: 26 March 2020
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What We Know About the Coronavirus

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 causes the current outbreak of the respiratory disease COVID-19. The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and has spread globally by now. The Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA, provides current updates of coronavirus COVID-19 global cases. The World Health Organization (WHO), which declared the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, describes how to protect yourself.

Below, you will find articles that have appeared on ChemistryViews covering the following topics:

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Why Some Patients Keep Testing Positive for SARS-CoV-2

11 May 2021

Reverse-transcribed SARS-CoV-2 RNA can integrate into the genome of cultured human cells

High-Throughput Test for COVID-19 Antibodies

09 May 2021

Microfluidic assay allows performing over 1,000 measurements in parallel using ultralow-volume blood samples

Nanofiber Swabs Could Improve Sensitivity of COVID-19 Tests

31 January 2021

Improved sample collection reduces false negative rate

Pooling Method for High-Throughput COVID-19 Tests

27 August 2020

Increase in testing efficiency leads to higher overall capacity and lower costs

Proof-of-Concept for Faster COVID-19 Test

18 April 2020

Gold nanoislands with DNA receptors used for the detection of SARS-CoV-2

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COVID-19 Specific Testing

7 April 2020

Picture describes how coronavirus testing work

Rapid, Sensitive Test for COVID-19 Developed
22 March 2020
New method over three times faster than previous approaches

Virus Structure and Receptors

SARS-CoV-2 Variant Trades Improved Binding for Antibody Evasion

2 May 2021

One of the mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.351 reduces binding to cells, but also to neutralizing antibodies

SARS-CoV-2-Infected Cells Imaged Using Helium Ion Microscopy

6 February 2021

Areas of interaction between cells and virus particles studied

Structure of a Key Coronavirus Protein Determined

14 November 2020

The envelope protein E acts as an ion channel and could be a target for drugs against the SARS-CoV-2 virus

Stabilized Versions of the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein

30 July 2020

Improved protein yields and stability could be useful for the development of vaccines and treatments

How SARS-CoV-2 Copies Its Genetic Information

7 May 2020

Structure of replicating coronavirus polymerase solved

Cells in the Nose Could Act as Entry Points for SARS-CoV-2

30 April 2020

Study of the expression of the ACE2 receptor, which allows cellular entry of the virus

Structure of SARS-CoV-2 Main Protease as a Basis for Drug Design
21 March 2020
X-ray structures of promising target lead to improved drug candidate

Structure of Coronavirus Receptor on Human Cells Determined
6 March 2020
Cryo-EM structures of full-length human angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2)

Structure of "Spike" Protein in New Coronavirus Determined
21 February 2020
Results could help to develop a vaccine and antibody treatments

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SARS-CoV-2 Protease Can Target Human Proteins

11 June 2021

Cleavage of host proteins by viral proteases could be related to COVID-19 symptoms

SARS-CoV-2 Infects Insulin-Producing Cells in the Pancreas

07 June 2021

Death of β cells might explain new cases of diabetes in patients with COVID-19


10 May 2021

An Austrian stamp is printed on real toilet paper using an elaborate process

Studying in the Coronavirus Pandemic

15 February 2021

In the midst of the lockdown, chemistry students talk about their daily study routine

Does Climate Change Contribute to New Bat-Borne Coronaviruses?

14 February 2021

Higher bat diversity leads to higher numbers of coronaviruses locally—likely contributing to both SARS and COVID-19 outbreaks


Online Networking – How Networking Works During Corona

1 December 2020

The best tips from different scientists and their experiences with online meetings

Neanderthal Genes Associated with Higher Risk of Severe COVID-19

Neanderthal Genes Associated with Higher Risk of Severe COVID-19

09 October 2020

Genomic variants inherited from Neanderthals most commonly found in South Asians and Europeans today

The Pandemic Does Not Affect All Researchers Equally

23 July 2020

Scientists with young children, female researchers, and "bench scientists" report the largest declines in research time

A MIDLOCKDOWN NIGHT’S DREAM That Is a Saving Redox Reaction

07 July 2020

2nd Italian Chemical Society’s literary contest gives voice to the young generation during COVID-19

BE LIKE CEZANNE – Upset Paris With an Apple

07 July 2020

2nd Italian Chemical Society’s literary contest gives voice to the young generation during COVID-19


06 July 2020

2nd Italian Chemical Society’s literary contest gives voice to the young generation during COVID-19

Special Science Communication Prize for Virologist Christian Drosten

4 May 2020

Clear, fact-based science communication in the COVID-19 pandemic to the public honored

Experiences of Two Researchers in the COVID-19 Crisis

7 April 2020

Gianluca Giorgi, Italy, and Stefanie Dehnen, Germany, give personal insights into this challenging situation

How to Use Your Computer to Help with Coronavirus Research
1 April 2020
Projects use crowd sourcing and donated computing power for drug discovery

Engineered Cell Line for Coronavirus Isolation
16 March 2020
Modified cell line is highly susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection, which makes it useful for studying the virus

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Coronavirus Entering and Replicating in a Host Cell
3 March 2020
Where the coronavirus comes from and how it infects the human body


  • LitCovid
    Curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about COVID-19
  • Many publishers and other entities have signed a joint statement to ensure that COVID-19 research findings and data are shared rapidly and openly. Free articles related to the coronavirus from Cambridge University Press, ElsevierOxford University Press, Springer Nature, Wiley.
  • Wiley is providing free access to online learning solutions. Instructors without an adopted online learning solution, such as WileyPLUS, Knewton Alta, or zyBooks, can receive free access for their students for the remainder of the Spring 2020 term.
  • What Publishers Are Doing To Help During The Coronavirus Pandemic, Association of American Publishers


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