Israeli researchers say llama nanobodies could help stop COVID


Israeli and American researchers have discovered a nanobody cocktail that could neutralize the coronavirus, including the Delta mutation. Nanobodies are single domain antibodies derived from llamas — or other members of the camel family. The discovery of the cocktail and their effectiveness in combating coronavirus was published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications. “If we can produce an innovative drug through the cocktail, it will be a life-saving treatment — if given early in the disease to patients,” according to Hebrew University School of Engineering and Computer Science Dr. Dina Schneidman-Duhovy, who helped lead the study with University of Pittsburgh researcher Dr. Yi Shi. “In addition, anyone exposed to a verified patient will also be able to use this treatment as a prophylactic (preventive) treatment.”

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