STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Scientists in Sweden are hoping an alpaca named Tyson can help deliver a knockout blow in the fight to develop a treatment or vaccine against the novel coronavirus that has killed nearly 400,000 people worldwide.
Tyson the Alpaca is pictured on the farm in an undisclosed location in Germany, where he was immunised with coronavirus proteins leading to an antibody discovery that may aid human treatments for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), May 19 2020. Picture taken May 19, 2020. Karolinska Institute/Preclinics gmBh/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.
After immunizing Tyson, a 12 year-old alpaca in Germany, with virus proteins, the team at the Karolinska Institute have isolated tiny antibodies – known as nanobodies – from his blood that bind to the same part of the virus as human antibodies and could block the infection.
They hope this can form the basis of a…
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