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Journal/Book: Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed.
Published: 2023
Pages: e202217171
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COVID19-NMR consortium: A public report on the impact of this new global collaboration

E. Duchardt-Ferner, J. Ferner, B. Fürtig, M Hengesbach, C. Richter, A. Schlundt, S. Sreeramulu, A. Wacker, J.E. Weigand, J. Wirmer-Bartoschek, H. Schwalbe
Abstract:
The outbreak of COVID-19 in December 2019 required the formation of international consortia for a coordinated scientific effort to understand and combat the virus. In this Viewpoint Article, we discuss how the NMR community has gathered to investigate the genome and proteome of SARS-CoV-2 and tested them for binding to low-molecular-weight binders. External factors including extended lockdowns due to the global pandemic character of the viral infection triggered the transition from locally focused collaborative research conducted within individual research groups to digital exchange formats for immediate discussion of unpublished results and data analysis, sample sharing, and coordinated research between more than 50 groups from 18 countries simultaneously. We discuss key lessons that might pertain after the end of the pandemic and challenges that we need to address.
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