ACA 2022 Transaction Symposium: The Contributions of Structural Science to Tackling a Pandemic: COVID-19 As a Paradigm

COVID-19 has negatively affected humankind since early 2020, including life expectancies, mental health, individual careers and the world-wide economy. Structural scientists have contributed in myriad ways to the development of vaccines, therapeutics, Personal Protective Equipment and understanding of the continuing evolution of the Sars-CoV-2 virus. This Transactions Symposium will feature speakers that will illustrate the contributions of the wide range of scientific interests within the ACA to tackling the current and future pandemics.

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Crystallography & COVID

The ACA strives to document and share relevant scientific history.  Structural science advanced from the first crystal structures of sodium chloride and diamond in 1913 to ever-larger structures: proteins such as hemoglobin, DNA, the ribosome, viruses, and even non-crystalline materials. Structural information is fundamental to many fields – from biology to materials science.  Over the past four years COVID-19 has changed the world and some of the first scientists tackling the virus were structural scientists.  Pictured to the right: Molecular Landscapes Artwork above by ACA member and 2022 Fankuchen Memorial Award winner, David Goodsell.

David Rose; with input from Brian Toby, Kristin Stevens, George Lountos & Chelsy Chesterman, April 2020.
Edward N. Baker, IUCrJ, vol 7(3) May 2020.
Sriram Subramaniam, IUCrJ, vol 7(4) July 2020.
Miranda L. Lynch, Edward H. Snell and Sarah E.J. Bowman, IUCrJ (2021) 8(3) 355-341.


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