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“We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision […] We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.”

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

How is coronavirus?

published on 29.01.2020

Wuhan coronavirus or Covid-19 belongs to the same family of viruses as SARS and certain viruses of the common cold. It gets its name from the crown aspect given by the proteins located in the envelope, especially glycoprotein S (from “spike”), although we also find protein M (from “matrix”) and protein E. Inside the virus there are a single-stranded RNA that contains all of its genetic information. Viruses must infect animal, plant, or bacterial cells to replicate because they are so simple that they cannot do it on their own. In some way they could be considered non-living parasites. The virus’s glycoprotein S is the entry key that allows it to infect cells of the human respiratory system, through interaction with some of our membrane receptors (ACE2). So basically it only produces respiratory diseases.

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