Nanotesla: a gift from llamas could help scientists create a cure for coronavirus

Lama living on a research farm in Belgium, could help scientists to create a remedy COVID-19, according to a study published on Tuesday.

The star of the show name is winter and he is one of approximately 130 llamas and alpacas that live on a research farm in Belgium, says the online news site the Washington Post. Winter was part of a study conducted by researchers from the National institutes of health, the University of Texas at Austin, and Ghent University in Belgium.

The llama started to work against coronaviruses in 2016, long before the present outbreak COVID-19, according to Reuters. At that time he was given non-lethal options of coronaviruses SARS and MERS. Both in its structure similar to the virus that caused the pandemic of the coronavirus which swept the world today.

In response to such invasive viruses create tiny llama antibodies, known as nanotesla. In 2016 winter has set nanotesla, which, as studies have shown, can neutralize and SARS, and MERS. But in 2016, was not COVID-19, and the work of the winter was considered a rather minor project, said researchers at UT News.

However, when he began to spread the new coronavirus, the group started to work more actively. They tied 2 copies nantel Lama against SARS and found that the new antibodies neutralized the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.

A new tool is now being tested on hamsters in Belgium, writes the Post. Clinical studies on humans will be the next step.

This method of treating coronavirus will be more effective as a treatment for people already infected, not as a vaccine, said the scientists.

Research Lam became one of a number of research projects on possible vaccines and funds from COVID-19 carried out in recent time.


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