Roya Zandi, a professor of physics at UCR, has successfully modeled the formation of SARS-CoV-2, along with her former student, Siyu Li. They have found coronavirus to have one of the largest genomes of viruses that are formed from RNA as their genetic material. Covid-19 is made up of four structural proteins; Envelope, Membrane, Nucleocapsid, and Spike. All but spike form the outermost layer of the virus, which helps the virus enter hosts.
The results of this study introduce information that could assist with the design of anti-virus drugs to fight SARS-CoV-2 while it is still in the assembly stage.
Relevant Article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/10/221003200156.htm