Pitt researchers discover antibody that could be key in covid cure

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By: Deb Erdley

Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh say they have isolated a tiny molecule that neutralizes the coronavirus and could be the foundation for a drug to prevent and combat covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.

Researchers from Pitt’s School of Medicine published their findings today in the journal Cell. They reported that the molecule, an antibody component that is 10 times smaller than a full-sized antibody, is the foundation of a drug known as Ab8 that has been effective in preventing and treating covid-19 in mice and hamsters.

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