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Reverse engineering SARS-CoV-2

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Reverse engineering the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

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:thought_balloon: Background

This project applies techniques from reverse engineering to understand the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The goal here is simply to build an understanding of the virus from first principles.

Biology vs. software

Biological systems are fundamentally information processing systems. While not a perfect analogy, software provides a useful framework for thinking about biology. The table below provides a rough outline of this analogy.

:microscope: Biology :computer: Software Notes
nucleotide byte
genome bytecode
translation disassembly 3 byte wide instruction set with arbitrary "reading frames"
protein function a polyprotein is a function with multiple pieces
protein secondary structure basic blocks 80% accuracy in prediction
protein tertiary structure This seems like the hard one to predict:
quaternary structure compiled function with inlining
gene library bacteria are statically linked, viruses are dynamically linked
transcription loading
protein structure prediction library identification
genome analysis static analysis
molecular dynamics simulations of protein folding dynamic analysis Simulation doesn't seem to work yet. Constrained by tooling and compute.
no equivalent execution We are reverse engineering a CAD format. Runs more like FPGA code, all at once. No serial execution. (What are the FPGA reverse engineering tools?)

:wrench: Progress

Downloading the SARS-CoV-2 genome

GenBank is the NIH genetic sequence database, an annotated collection of all publicly available DNA and RNA sequences. The SARS-CoV-2 sequences available in GenBank have been downloaded in

Translating RNA to proteins contains a function translate that converts an RNA sequence to a chain of amino acids. This function is used in

Annotating functions

The translate function is used in to identify and annotate functions for all proteins encoded by the genome.

Folding proteins

The OpenMM toolkit is used for molecular simulation of protein folding in

:bulb: Work to be done

  • Automatic extraction of genes from different coronaviruses
  • Good multisequence compare tool
  • Molecular dynamics?
  • Secondary Structure prediction on orf1a?

:question: Open questions

:droplet: Testing

How tests work

Homemade test?

:pill: Possible treatments and prophylactics

:warning: Disclaimer: The information in this repository is for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice.

Hydroxychloroquine + zinc

RdRP inhibitors


Lopinavir-Ritonavir (AIDS cocktail)

:books: Resources



Epidemic modeling




Genome studies (what genes = bad covid)

DNA Synthesis

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