The architecture of the main protease of SARS-CoV-2 has been mapped in 3D using high intensity X-ray imaging, according to a report published on March 20 in Science. The enzyme is “an attractive drug target among coronaviruses,” the authors write, because inhibiting it would block the virus’s ability to replicate.
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