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If you’ve been following biomedical news on the novel coronavirus over the last several months, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about the potential for antibodies from recovered COVID-19 patients (convalescent antibodies) to help fight the virus and provide temporary immunity¬†to healthcare workers and other persons at high risk of contracting the virus.
This week, scientists from Scripps Research published an article in Science¬†detailing the discovery of highly potent SARS-CoV-2 antibodies found in the blood of people who have recovered from the disease. Importantly, these neutralizing antibodies (nAbs), which have also been dubbed “super-antibodies”, actually provided protection agains the virus when tested in Syrian hamsters and human cell cultures. You can read more about it on the Scripps Research website.