Scientists believe that to win the coronavirus will help Lama

Today, when hundreds of laboratories around the world are looking for effective way of dealing with the coronavirus and use different methods and tools, success can come in an unexpected way. Last week, the scientific publication Nature Structural & Molecular Biology reported that the results of laboratory tests, antibodies derived from llamas, neutralize the virus SARS-CoV-2.

Scientists believe that to win the coronavirus will help Lama

The discovery was made by British scientists, on studies which all used to joke. According to doctors found in the blood of Lam antibodies can help fight COVID-19 in the most severe cases. A similar feature is found not only llamas, but close to them and other species of animals, such as alpacas and camels.

Scientists believe that to win the coronavirus will help Lama

Complex Diamond Light Source

In the study, antibodies were widely used unique equipment complex Diamond Light Source, owned by Oxford University. This accelerator complex, synchrotron radiation source of third generation, allowing the use of even the smallest objects such as viruses.

Today the vaccine from COVID-19 has not yet been created, but scientists already know of several promising methods of treatment of this disease. One of the most effective considered method of transfusion of blood serum with the developed antibodies to the virus recovered from patients seriously ill, can significantly increase the chances of recovery.

Scientists believe that to win the coronavirus will help Lama

This medical technology is called "passive immunization", is not new — it has been used for over 100 years, but to call it perfect is difficult. The fact that the procedure of transfusion is always the chance of complications due to difficulties in accurate selection of people with the right set of antibodies.

Scientists believe that to win the coronavirus will help Lama

But while celebrating the victory over COVID-19 even before that, researchers have to carefully study the find, test it and then to conduct a series of clinical trials. In the best case, ready to use serum for the treatment of coronavirus from the blood of llamas will appear in hospitals in the winter of 2020.

Keywords: UK | Camel | Virus | Coronavirus | Treatment | Equipment | Oxford

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