Could llamas be the key to fighting the coronavirus? UT researchers propose unique antibody theory

AUSTIN, Texas — A Belgian llama named Winter could hold the key to fighting the coronavirus.Researchers at the University of Texas, in coordination with the National Institutes of Health and Ghent University in Belgium, this week are publishing a paper about the potential use of antibodies found in llamas to fight the coronavirus.Years ago, when studying two earlier forms of coronavirus, SARS-CoV-1 and MERS-CoV, researchers found a certain antibody in Winter and other llamas could effectively attach itself to and neutralize the viruses’ spike protein, the portion that attacks other healthy cel…

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