raozihe: 3D modeling gets African swine fever virus structure

October 29 , today , the second World Forum of Top Scientists opened in Shanghai , with the theme of “Science and Technology, for the Common Destiny of Mankind” , which lasted for four days : October 29 to November 1 . In this forum,  , a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a professor at Tsinghua University, delivered a lecture entitled “Research on the structure and assembly mechanism of the African swine fever virus”.


introduced that the African swine fever virus was identified about 100 years ago, although its spread is relatively slow, but the mortality rate is very high, up to 100%. Because there is less research, there is currently no very effective vaccine.


The African swine fever virus is mainly transmitted from wild boars to domestic pigs, in contrast, because Spain has been damaged by the African swine fever virus for more than 30 years, so Spanish scientists have contributed more to the study of African swine fever. From last August, African swine fever began to spread, causing considerable damage to the world’s people.


In collaboration with research institutes in Harbin, Rao and his team collected the virus from pigs and, using 3D modeling, obtained the structure of the African swine fever virus, which was found to be huge, many times larger than the Zika virus.

The 2nd World Forum of Top Scientists was sponsored by the World Association of Top Scientists, hosted by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government and guided by the China Association of Science and Technology. A total of 8 thematic summits were set up, with 65 Nobel Prizes, Wolf Prizes, Lasker Prizes, Turing Prizes, Fields Prizes, MacArthur Genius Awards and other world’s top scientific award winners, more than 100 Chinese academicians, and the world’s outstanding young scientists to attend the in-depth dialogue. Around the topic of space, space, space, photons, climate, energy, life, genes, etc. that will change the fate of mankind, we will create a summit on artificial intelligence calculation algorithms, brain science and neurodegenerative diseases, innovative drug research and development and translational medicine, life sciences, hydrocarbon bonds and new chemistry, new energy and new materials, black holes and space science, economy and finance.

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