Scientists Discover Antibody That ‘Neutralizes’ Virus That Causes COVID-19: Report

Scientists Discover Antibody That ‘Neutralizes’ Virus That Causes COVID-19: Report


University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists have found “the smallest biological molecule” that “completely and specifically neutralizes”  SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The antibody is 10 times smaller than a full-sized antibody and has been used to create the drug Ab8, according to a report published by the researchers in the journal Cell on Monday. The researchers say the drug is a potential preventative treatment against SARS-CoV-2.

“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,” said co-author John Mellors, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Pitt and UPMC. “Antibodies of larger size have worked against other infectious diseases and have been well tolerated, giving us hope that it could be an effective treatment for patients with COVID-19 and for protection of those who have never had the infection and are not immune.”

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The drug has been tested in mice and hamsters and

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