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Llamandla! Mammal’s antibodies are the real deal in fight against Covid

The llama has unique antibodies that reach parts of the virus that are difficult to access with conventional ones

Clement Rossignol

Llama antibodies could soon be playing a role in the global fight against Covid-19, if clinical trials being conducted by a Belgian biomedical start-up live up to their early promise.

Researchers from the VIB-UGent Centre for Medical Biotechnology in Ghent say antibodies extracted from a llama called Winter have blunted the virulence of coronavirus infections, including variants, in laboratory testing.

The technology, which would supplement rather than replace vaccines by protecting people with weaker immune systems and treating infected people in hospital, is a potential “game-changer”, said Dominique Tersago, chief medical officer of VIB-UGent spin-off ExeVir...

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