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July 08, 2020 Wednesday 10:13:52 AM IST

Covid Antibody Targets Identified

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Scientists at University of Geneva's Department of Organic Chemistry have been able to identify two specific targets or epitopes in Covid-19 that may be used by the virus to release its genetic material into human cells. This finding could offer a more promising and less risky vaccine or treatment for Covid-19. The scientists studied cases of twelve patients who contracted Covid-19 and it was found that the antibodies targeted the spikes that cover the surface of the corona virus. But antibodies bind at very different sites on the virus. Scientists have identified two areas most frequently selected by antibodies to bind with the virus that allows the Corona virus to merge with the cell membrane and release its genetic material inside its prey.