A virion of SARS-CoV-2 enters an epithelial cell by attaching its spike protein to the cell's ACE2 receptor. The virion then enters the cell (as seen in the background) and reprograms its machinery to make copies of the virus. The newly built virions then exit the cell by capturing its membrane, as seen further in the background. This image shows, through a forced perspective, an entire life cycle of a virus. This image shows an initial sketch and the final rendering of the illustration.
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