Daily Orange: Professor researches antibody as possible treatment for COVID-19

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From Syracuse University’s Daily Orange website:

A Syracuse University professor is conducting research into a possible treatment to combat coronavirus.

Alison Patteson, an assistant professor of physics, is leading a team researching the connections between the COVID-19 virus and pritumumab, a naturally occurring antibody, which has been used to inhibit cancer and tumor growth. Patteson and other colleagues are testing whether the antibody blocks SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, from entering cells.

“Evidence has been found that the antibody does block the uptake to viral particles,” Patteson said.

The National Science Foundation awarded Patteson and professor Jennifer Schwarz a $196,000 grant to pursue the project, according to a press release.

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