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‘Cold Comforts’ was the winning design of our 2022 Festive Science Image Competition.

Designed by Dr Ed Hutchinson, Virology Researcher at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, the card combines the traditional festive image of a snowflake with an important message about how vaccines keep us safe from viruses over the holidays.

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  • Cold Comforts Christmas Cards
  • Available in packs of 10, with envelopes
  • Inside greeting reads: Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
  • 15 x 15cm, posts as Royal Mail letter
Cold Comforts
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About the viruses

More about the artwork 'Cold Comforts'

These snowflake patterns are a reminder of how medical research helps to keep us safe over the festive period. Vaccine developers are interested in the structures of viruses, many of which resemble microscopic snowflakes.

Here, the adenoviruses and lipid nanoparticles which are used to make COVID vaccines swirl around a SARS-CoV-2 virus particle, whose spikes have been bound and neutralised by protective vaccine-induced antibodies.

You can download patterns for these, and many other snowflakes showing how medical research protects us from viruses, at