8K camera shows cells infected with coronavirus

Japanese researchers have captured microscopic images of cells infected with coronavirus, using an ultra-high definition camera.

A group of Osaka University researchers and NHK jointly carried out the experiment, using an optical microscope equipped with an 8K camera.

The images show cultured animal cells starting to deform four hours after they are injected with coronavirus. The cells later break apart into pieces.

When the images are enlarged, white granular structures are seen inside the infected cells. The group says the phenomenon could be linked to the infection process or viral replication inside the cells.

Associate Professor Nakayama Emi said her group was able to see previously-unknown details of infected cells. She says the images could be helpful in evaluating the effectiveness of medical drugs that are developed to treat coronavirus infections.