Nanobodies found in llama & camels shown to combat Covid, study finds


The news covering nanobodies has been in vogue recently with the Covid onslaught and in Austrailia new studies conducted on the nanobodies of llamas, alpacas and camels have found to be a promising alternative in helping to combat the novel coronavirus transmission and mutations as well. But how exactly?

As COVID-19 rages on globally, the scientific community is eager more than ever to determine vaccines and drugs that can combat the pandemic.

A team of Australian researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), the Doherty Institute, and the Kirby Institute have together discovered neutralizing nanobodies from llamas could help block the SARS-CoV-2 virus from entering cells.

This study suggests the importance of neutralizing nanobodies against SARS-CoV-2 as an important medicinal option. The nanobody and antibody mixtures have shown reliable results in preventing the occurrence of resistance mutations.

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