First image of Coronavirus developed in India using a microscope
New Delhi : An Indian scientist has managed to locate and develop the first image of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (Sars-CoV-2), popularly known as the novel coronavirus, with the help of a high-powered microscope. The microscopy image has been made out of a throat swab sample of the first laboratory-confirmed novel coronavirus patient in India.
The first case of novel coronavirus was reported on January 30 in Kerala.
The image and findings over the microscopy analysis of the throat swab have been published in the latest edition of the Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR).
The Covid 19 virus had first originated in China last year and then it went on to cause pandemic across the globe.
Till Friday night, around 600,000 people have been reported coronavirus positive and more than 27,000 people have died because of it.
TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY IMAGING OF SARS-COV-2
A group of scientists from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have written a correspondence in the latest edition of IJMR in which they shed light on their observation of the novel human coronavirus under a specialised microscope.
Till date, detailed morphology (the study of the forms of things) and ultrastructure (fine structure, especially within a cell, that can be seen only with the high magnification obtainable with an electron microscope) of this virus remains incompletely understood.
The ICMR scientists used what is known as transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to image the Sars-CoV-2 from the throat swab of the first laboratory-confirmed infection in India. A total of seven negative-stained virus particles having features of coronavirus-like particles were imaged from the sample.
The images taken by the scientists show the round shape of the virus as well as projections or stalks jutting out from the surface of the novel coronavirus particles.