French researchers are using tiny antibody particles extracted from the family of animals that includes camels and llamas to produce a test they say can detect if patients have Covid-19 faster and more accurately than existing methods.
The head of a World Health Organization-led team probing the origins of Covid-19 said bats remain a likely source and that transmission of the virus via frozen food is a possibility that warrants further investigation, but he ruled out a lab leak.
As many as eight gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park were presumed to have contracted Covid-19 from a human handler after one of the animals tested positive, marking the first known transmission of the virus to apes, zoo officials said.
Research indicates that llamas may hold the key to developing an effective therapeutic against Covid-19 as well as the flu, as scientists from the National Institutes of Health isolated promising antibodies from the South American animal.
Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark published research indicating that Parkinson’s disease is actually two types of the disease.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) synthesized a molecule inspired by llama antibodies called nanobodies that could neutralize SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
Johnson & Johnson kicked off U.S. human safety trials for a Covid-19 vaccine after releasing details of a study in monkeys that showed the company’s best-performing vaccine candidate offered strong protection in a single dose.
Nanobodies derived from llamas have neutralized the SARS-CoV-2 spike in the lab, effectively neutralizing the virus, according to research from the UK’s Rosalind Franklin Institute.
Scientists in Sweden are hoping an alpaca named Tyson can help deliver a knockout blow in the fight to develop a treatment or vaccine against the novel coronavirus.
A top U.S. scientist said governments should not count on a successful vaccine against COVID-19 being developed anytime soon when deciding whether to ease restrictions imposed to curb the pandemic.