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Electron Microscope Image of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant

Prof Malik Peiris, Managing Director at C2i and Prof John Nicholls from the Department of Pathology at HKU have released an electron microscope image of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant.

(Left) Low magnification electron micrograph of a monkey kidney cell (Vero E6) after infection with the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant showing cell damage with swollen vesicles containing small black viral particles.

(Right) High magnification electron micrograph of an infected Vero E6 cell showing aggregates of viral particles with corona shaped spikes on their surface (red box).

Photo credit: Professor John Nicholls, Clinical Professor of Department of Pathology; and Professor Malik Peiris, Tam Wah-Ching Professor in Medical Science and Chair Professor of Virology, School of Public Health, HKUMed; and Electron Microscope Unit, HKU.

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