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Scientists are considering some less-conventional approaches to tackle the COVID-19 #pandemic. One of those approaches is using #antibodies from llamas to fight off #SARCoV2, or to keep it from infecting you in the first place. We chatted with one scientist behind the research, Daniel Wrapp, and had a surprise for him in store.

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Credits:
Executive Producers:
George Zaidan
Hilary Hudson

Producers:
Elaine Seward
Andrew Sobey

Writer/Host:
Samantha Jones, PhD

Scientific consultants:

Daniel Wrapp
Paco L. Glama
Brianne Raccor, PhD
Leilia Duman, PhD

Special Thanks:
Sweet Farm
Ruben Rodriguez



Sources:
Structural Basis for Potent Neutralization of Betacoronaviruses by Single-Domain Camelid Antibodies
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32375025/

Camelid Single-Domain Antibodies: Historical Perspective and Future Outlook
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5701970/

Hoping Llamas Will Become Coronavirus Heroes
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/06/science/llama-coronavirus-antibodies.html

Antibodies (and use of camelid antibodies)
https://hms.harvard.edu/magazine/cost-conflict/antibodies

Llama antibody engineered to block coronavirus
https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/llama-antibody-engineered-block-coronavirus

Llama Antibodies Could Help Us Defeat COVID-19, Scientists Say
https://www.sciencealert.com/llama-blood-could-play-a-role-in-helping-people-fight-off-coronavirus-infections

Llama Antibodies Neutralize Virus That Causes COVID-19, New Research Shows
https://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2020/05/16/llama-antibodies-can-neutralize-virus

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