OSU COVID protein research gets national attention through dance

An Oregon State researcher submitted her work to Science Magazine in the form of a narrated, choreographed dance video, winning a national competition.

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Researchers in the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Science are studying a specific protein of the COVID-19 virus, to push toward new drugs and vaccines. One of the PhD candidates now has national recognition for a dance interpretation she put online about the project.

Heather Masson-Forsythe is part of the team researching the virus’ nucleocapsid protein, or N protein.

She said the protein is a critical piece of the SARS-CoV-2 virus structure, allowing it to move, bind

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