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U.S.: University finds antibody effective against virus

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 16, 2020
Scientists in Pennsylvania have managed to isolate the smallest biological molecule to date that neutralizes the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is the cause of coronavirus.
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
U.S.   University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
The molecule, which is said to completely and specifically neutralize the virus, is 10 times smaller than a full-sized antibody, said scientists on Monday at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. It is used to construct a drug known as "Ab8" for potential use against the coronavirus.

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Ab8 is highly effective in preventing and treating SARS-CoV-2 infection in mice and hamsters, they said, adding that "it does not bind to human cells a good sign that it won’t have negative side-effects in people."

"Ab8 not only has potential as therapy for COVID-19, but it also could be used to keep people from getting SARS-CoV-2 infections," John Mellors, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at University of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, said in the statement.


 

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