18 New COVID-19 Antibodies Discovered
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18 New COVID-19 Antibodies Discovered – ‘Bridge Towards Vaccine Development’

New ways to destroy the Coronavirus in a human body has been discovered by Army researchers of the United States, and the University of Texas, Austin. As per a new study, 18 new sets of antibodies were discovered from COVID-19 recuperated patients.

The U.S army said that this could be an excellent sign for the nation to get a rapid response in developing the Coronavirus vaccine required to protect people around the world, and the experiments are still going through.

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Considering that experts had uncovered that some recuperated COVID-19 patients have produced antibodies in their blood, the research study for this case proceeds. The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has concentrated its research study on this aspect. The 18 new potential restorative or neutralizing monoclonal antibodies were discovered recently.

“Their agency has been speaking with other specialists at the university to identify “potentially neutralizing” antibodies that will directly kill the virus, said Gen. John Murray, Commander of Army Futures Command.

All the 18 newly-discovered antibodies may not technically neutralize the virus. But, the report says that there are highly-potential ones that might “Bridge Towards Vaccine Development”.

Dr. Jimmy Gollihar, Synthetic biology research scientist, U.S. Army Capabilities Development Command, ARL-South, said “We want to find sequences that are binding to COVID-19. Then we send them off to examine their capability to neutralize. A neutralizing antibody keeps a pathogen from being able to replicate. We will put together antibodies and select the best ones”.

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How does the antibody work?

These antibodies from COVID-19 patients are not a straight-up vaccine against the coronavirus. These blood packets are gathered from the recouped COVID-19 people.

The study says that as soon as an individual recovers from the infection, there are possibilities that their blood has antibodies that can fight against the presence of the virus strand, making it much less contagious and harmful for the health of the individual.

Gollihar said, “The blood draws took place under UT guidance. While we pull all of the V Cells, we are drawing their full repertoire, everything they have. The challenge is to find antibodies that are binding to coronavirus. When we discover them we develop them and send them off to the laboratory”.

Will SARS antibody to cure coronavirus?

This research was published in the journal Nature on May 18, 2020, saying that scientists have uncovered another antibody from a patient who recovered from the SARS virus.

The scientists recommend that the SARS survivors’ blood also have distinctive similarities of antibodies that may destroy the virus.

Scientists from the University of Washington evaluated 25 different antibodies but discovered one specific sample named S309, which has a “potent” COVID-19 neutralizing antibody.

Researchers will have the ability to mix this substance with other much less powerful antibodies, with the help of the S309. The novel coronavirus might be stopped from mutating if the experiment is successful-causing the possible flattened curve of cases.

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