N protein (IMAGE) Penn State Caption A Penn State research team found that the N protein on SARS-CoV-2 is conserved across all SARS-related pandemic coronaviruses (top, from left: SARS-CoV-2, civet, SARS-CoV, MERS). The protein differs from other coronaviruses, such as those that cause the common cold (bottom, from left: OC43, HKU1, NL63 and 229E). Credit Kelly Lab/Penn State Usage Restrictions non commercial use only License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.