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Coloring Coronavirus

Color an image (PDF) of coronavirus based on a painting by David S. Goodsell.

The painting is available for download from the Molecular Landscapes SciArt Gallery.

The virus is enclosed by a membrane that includes the S (spike) protein, which will mediate attachment and entry into cells, M (membrane) protein, which is involved in organization of the nucleoprotein inside, and E (envelope) protein, which is a membrane channel involved in budding of the virus and may be incorporated into the virion during that process. The nucleoprotein inside includes many copies of the N (nucleocapsid) protein bound to the genomic RNA.