SciLifeLab scientists participate in interactive exhibition on COVID-19
Credit: Interspectral AB
To facilitate communication of complex data to the public in attractive and educative way, SciLifeLab connects researchers across the country with public sectors. Within this framework, a cooperation with the Visualization Center has been established to set up an interactive exhibition about COVID-19.
The exhibition is designed to visualize the molecular process of the SARS-CoV-2 virus infections and its consequences. It uses the unique platform employing interactive multi-touch display tables. The visualization combines four different types of research datasets on COVID-19: the SARS-CoV-2 virus architecture, the atomic structure of the spike protein, influenced human lungs, and global aspects of the pandemics. Together, it forms a learning tool aiming to provide a basic understanding of the virus and the disease by sorting out the new information that has become available since the pandemics outbreak.
SciLifeLab scientists from Alexey Amunts lab (Stockholm University) helped with collecting and interpreting newly available cryo-EM datasets, which were then dissected into different levels of information for the virtual 3D presentation. The interactive 3D mode developed by Interspectral AB explains those complex data in an accurate and accessible way for the general public.
The Visualization Center in Norrköping and Interspectral AB is specialized in providing 3D learning experience for museums and educational centers through multi-touch display tables designed as the target platform for interaction. The exhibiting displays are presented among others in the British Museum and the American Museum of Natural History. The cooperation with SciLifeLab has allowed the most advanced data to be communicated in a timely manner, which makes a valuable contribution to the society.
SciLifeLab is a joint enterprise of Swedish universities that provides frontline technologies and develop cutting-edge research programs. Situated on the expanding Stockholm biomedical campus, SciLifeLab offers the opportunity to work in an internationally competitive and synergistic environment. The Laboratory combines technical expertise with advanced knowledge of molecular biology and translational medicine.