By Amechi Idumuebor, For Agenda Watchdog, May 5, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Scientists say they’ve discovered an antibody that blocks infection by SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus behind the current global health crisis.
The antibody, known as 47D11, targets the deadly virus’s infamous ‘spike protein’, which it uses to hook onto cells and insert its genetic material.
Tests in mice cells showed that 47D11 binds to this protein and prevents it from hooking on – effectively neutralising it.
The breakthrough offers hope of a treatment for the respiratory disease COVID-19, which has killed more than 235,000 people to date.
Researchers said the antibody, if injected into humans, could alter the ‘course of infection’ or protect an uninfected person exposed to someone with the virus.