Scientists have discovered a particular antibody that blocks Corona virus from infecting cells.
They happen to identify this antibody in a lab and believe that it can be used in creating a cure for SARS Cov-2.
Meanwhile, first reports of the virus were recorded in the Chinese city
of Wuhan late December last year and since then, it has infected more
than 3.5 million people worldwide. With over one million recovered
patients and 248,000 death tolls – Worldometer reports.
According to a report from Joy News, the team of scientists had their research published in one journal named Nature Communications. Which cites that they have been conducting biological logistics of monoclonal antibodies
since 2019 even before the outbreak of the global pandemic. As to
whether it could help in curing patients with the Corona virus.
Nevertheless, there is no current specified vaccine or treatment for the
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Facts about the antibody
Monoclonal antibodies are a type of antibodies invented in the
laboratory and have an affinity of binding to specific substances in the
body. Such types of antibodies enumerate the functional work of the
human immune system in responding to a particular threat and are widely
used in the treatment of some forms of cancer.
They discovered that this antibody named 47D11 could bind to the spike protein
which the Novel Corona virus uses to penetrate the body. And block it
in such a way that neutralizes the pathogen and renders it futile. In
order to further their study of the antibody, the team used mice
specimen for an experiment. By tweaking the biology of the animals to
create antibodies which are similar to those found in homo sapiens.
They then injected the animals with spike proteins that the viruses
which cause SARS, MERS, and some types of common cold use to invade
It was discovered that the mice could successfully produce 51
antibodies which are capable of neutralizing the spike proteins of the
injected Corona viruses.
Thus, some virus experts who were not directly involved in the
research have welcomed their findings. But conversely express some
limitations of the antibody. Indicating that even though it has some
form of potential and can lead to the discovery of a possible cure. But
it would be dangerous to take it as a vaccine. Since it hasn’t proved
successfull in human cells as yet.
Scientists Discover Potential Covid-19 Cure With An Antibody