Appliance of science: Luke O’Neill interviewed

Immunologist Luke O’Neill has become a familiar face among the scientific cavalry battling the virus in this country. Now he’s responsible for a breakthrough that has made the whole world sit up and take notice

7th November, 2020
Appliance of science: Luke O’Neill interviewed
Professor Luke O’Neill: ‘On a bad day, on a wet Monday morning, when you’re like, I’m sick of this level 5, keep in your mind that there is an end in sight.’ Picture: Barry Cronin

A pink, spiked plastic ball sits on a countertop in Luke O’Neill’s laboratory in Trinity College Dublin. You could mistake it for a dog’s chew-toy if it weren’t for the year we’re all living through. In fact, it’s a replica of a Covid-19 coronavirus structure model, which O’Neill will lift, squeeze and attack for the benefit of the Business Post photographer, in a symbolic impression of what he and many others around the world are...

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