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Structural role revealed of glycans, carbohydrate-based polymers that cover and shield the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

Shifts in glycan conformations triggered infection activation in the spike protein structure.

NSF-funded Frontera supercomputer at TACC used for simulations that animated the molecular dynamics of the 1.7 million atom system.

Data and results shared through COVID-19 HPC Consortium could help researchers design therapeutics and develop neutralizing antibodies for COVID-19.


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