The Science of Coronaviruses

Part 3: What Does A Coronavirus Do Once It's Inside Us?

1: Replicating and Translating Coronavirus RNA 2: Coronavirus Proteins

 

 

Paper Modeling Activity 3: Build the Viral Genome

Once attached to a host cell, the coronavirus injects its viral genome.

Our paper model provided below can be printed, cut and folded into a 3-dimensional physical representation of the viral genome and used to demonstrate the translation and post-translational cutting of the coronavirus. You can also draw your own genome.

Color Viral Genome Model PDF

Black and White Viral Genome Model PDF (Use colored pencils to color your model if you wish.)

Viral Genome Instructional Video

Viral Genome Drawing Guide PDF (Use this guide to draw your own genome. You will need paper, pencil and a ruler.)

We'd love to see your model! Send a photo or video to contactus@3dmoleculardesigns or tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

 

Computer Visualization Tutorial

Explore the protease protein.

 

RCSB Protein Data Bank Resources

Coronavirus Proteases Molecule of the Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

SARS Coronavirus Nonstructural Protein 1

 

Additional Resources

New York Times article from April 3, 2020: "Bad News Wrapped in Protein: Inside the Coronavirus Genome"

New York Times article from April 30, 2020: "How Coronavirus Mutates and Spreads"

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