Neutron research in the fight against viral diseases: Covid-19, AIDS, Influenza and others
As with HIV before it, Europe’s advanced neutron sources will make an essential contribution to the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Modern analytical tools such as synchrotron X-ray radiation, cryo-electron microscopy and neutron scattering work together to provide indispensable insights into the morphology and functionality of viruses. Neutron scattering’s particular role here is to provide unique information on the chemistry of enzymatic reactions that often involve proton transfer. Recent studies on HIV-1 protease, an enzyme essential for the life-cycle of the HIV virus, perfectly illustrate the case. To fight Covid-19, a variety of neutron scattering methods will be required to get the full picture of the “invisible enemy” the world has found itself at war with.
Here we offer a selection of both groundbreaking and recent articles and papers demonstrating the impact of research at Europe’s large-scale neutron facilities on humanity’s persistent battle against viruses.
Recent News & Events
- From 15 - 19 February 2021, over 80 participants attended the online LENS Machine Learning School. The school, which was targeted towards neutron and muon facilities staff, offered a gateway for beginner and intermediate coders to get into machine learning, providing an overview of modern and traditional machine learning techniques alongside neutron or muon based applications.
- Register for the RI.Logistica conference today and be part of an unparalleled international forum that will impact how research infrastructures deal with logistics in the future.
- LENS Webinar #10 on ‘Drug development and drug delivery systems ‘ with Andrey Kovalevski (ORNL) & Marianna Yanez Arteta (AstraZeneca Mölndal)This webinar will focus on how neutrons can provide crucial information to study the structure-dynamics-function relationships in macromolecular drug targets and to design successful drug delivery systems.