SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Mutation Explorer

The SARS-CoV-2 spike protein is important for host-cell surface receptor binding, and mutations effecting the spike protein can have significant impacts on both infectivity and antigenicity.

The SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Mutation Explorer is an interactive web application which uses illustrations, animations, and 3D content to explain what mutations in SARS-CoV-2 could mean for us and how they can create Variants of Concern.

This app will introduce you to the basis of SARS-CoV-2 spike mutations and what they might mean for global health.

Explore SARS-CoV-2 spike protein mutations:


The SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Mutation Explorer was developed by Sarah Iannucci, an MSc student in Medical Visualisation & Human Anatomy at The University of Glasgow and The Glasgow School of Art. It was developed with assistance from the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK) team and MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research team. 


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