Socialist-Funded Scientists Find Antibody That Blocks Coronavirus From Infecting Cells: Report
Government-funded (socialism) researchers in the Netherlands have discovered an antibody, 47D11, that binds to the spike protein to block the coronavirus from entering the body through the spike protein.
The researchers — who began work in 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic hit — injected mice with spike proteins. The mice then produced 51 antibodies. The antibody 47D11 was able to “neutralize SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV in lab samples,” notes Newsweek.
Study co-author Berend-Jan Bosch, associate professor of the Utrecht University Infection and Immunity programme, said in a statement that the research builds on his team’s previous work on antibodies that target SARS-CoV, the virus which causes SARS:
Using this collection of SARS-CoV antibodies, we identified an antibody that also neutralizes infection of SARS-CoV-2 [the COVID-19 virus] in cultured cells. Such a neutralizing antibody has potential to alter the course of infection in the infected host, support virus clearance or protect an uninfected individual that is exposed to the virus.
Co-author Frank Grosveld, Academy Professor of Cell Biology at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, said this breakthrough pushes research forward:
This discovery provides a strong foundation for additional research to characterize this antibody and begin development as a potential COVID-19 treatment.