Beautiful Evil

The picture below was produced by a skilled biomedical photographer at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories, part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and which is located in Hamilton, Montana. Yes, the kind folks in rural Montana have all sorts of viruses in a special facility in their midst.

The picture below was made using a scanning electron microscope to capture items that are to small to see with the eye using a traditional microscope. The photographer is the head of RML’s Electron Microscopy Unit, Elizabeth Fischer. Her work is amazing.

The original of the picture is at left. Color is then added to make features clear.

The picture shows the surface of a dying cell (brown) shedding SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (blue) that will then go to attack and kill other cells. The SARS-CoV-2 causes the Covid-19 disease.

One particle hit this cell, and in killing the cell, created numerous duplicates which then launched to attack other cells. That’s how viruses work. This picture captures the launch moment.

Graceful but super-creepy. Ideas for Halloween costumes or horror flicks?

https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2020/04/28/capturing-viral-shedding-in-action/

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