Thursday, April 02, 2020
As the current COVID-19 situation shows, viruses are a major health risk. But what if we could fight them using other viruses? Scientists in Berlin have created virus shells (Bacteriophages, or just phages) that mimic the target cells that the flu virus latches onto in the body, preventing them from taking hold and causing infection.
For the new study, the researchers pitted phages against other viruses. Rather than kill the invading virus, the phages instead act like a kind of trap. The team designed a phage to mimic the structures in lung cells that the flu virus binds to, rendering it ineffective.
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