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Indo-Canadian scientist creates very first molecular structure of Omicron spike protein

Molecular-level structural analysis of the spike protein reveals insights into the Omicron variant's rapid transmissibility.

The atomic structure of the Omicron variant spike protein (purple) bound to the human ACE2 receptor (blue). Source: Sriram Subramaniam

A team of researchers, including an Indian-origin scientist at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada has conducted the world’s first molecular-level structural analysis of the Omicron spike protein.

The study’s lead author Dr. Sriram Subramaniam is a professor in UBC faculty of medicine’s department of biochemistry and molecular biology. Research into the molecular structure of omicron’s spike protein will help accelerate the development of more effective treatments against the current variant and related mutations in the future.

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