omicron | spike

keep in mind: in atomic dimensions colours don’t make sense. we can only derive structures from electron microscopy and try to visualize them. the first image shows the five protein units of the SARS-CoV-2 omicron spike in distinct colours. the second rendering is less abstract, but, of course, not realistic either. all images can be licensed via picturealliance/dpa.

7T9K protein structure
cloud rendering from the other side.

the following rendering shows all atoms of the delta variant spike (left) and of the omicron variant.

delta (left) and omicron spikes