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Here is the COVID-19 coronavirus Achilles heel, says experts

Researchers may have found the Achilles heel for COVID-19 coronavirus, could help with vaccine development

Anthony Garreffa | Apr 8, 2020 at 8:44 pm CDT (3 mins, 37 secs time to read)

The world is scrambling to find the magic bullet for COVID-19 coronavirus, and it seems that researchers may have just found what they're describing as the Achilles heel of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Here is the COVID-19 coronavirus Achilles heel, says experts 06 |

In a statement from Scripps Research, researchers said that they have found a specific portion of COVID-19 that could be targeted with vaccines after the team mapped a human antibody's interaction with SARS-CoV-2 at "near-atomic-scale resolution". The antibody itself was secured from a SARS patient from many years ago, but it also reacts to SARS-CoV-2.

Dr. Ian Wilson, the study's lead author, said in a statement: "The knowledge of conserved sites like this can aid in structure-based design of vaccines and therapeutics against SARS-CoV-2, and these would also protect against other coronaviruses-including those that may emerge in the future".

Meng Yuan, Wilson's colleague, said in a statement: "We found that this (spot) is usually hidden inside the virus, and only exposed when that part of the virus changes its structure, as it would in natural infection".

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