The illustrations and 3D models have been made freely available to view online and to download for use by anyone who wishes to visualise the virus. A set of science communication resources incorporating then, including colouring sheets and an augmented reality educational app, are already in development and will be released in the near future.
Speaking of the new model, Ms Slater said:
“I think making scientific images into something 3D, opens up a whole new world of interaction, exploration and understanding. The science of a virus can be better understood by making the virus particle into something tangible and interactable.
“I hope these models of the SARS-CoV-2 virus particle will help people by making the invisible visible.”
To view the 3D images, click here.