Antibodies That Can Kill Omicron Variant Identified By These Scientists; Cure On The Way?
On November 24, 2021, the Omicron COVID-19 variant was first identified in South Africa. It is rapidly spreading over the globe and the World Health Organization (WHO) designated Omicron as a COVID-19 variant of concern.
Antibodies that neutralise Omicron and other coronavirus strains by targeting regions that remain essentially intact as the virus mutates have been discovered.
Yes Scientists have identified the antibodies!
They have also discovered antibodies that can kill the variant responsible for the Omicron. The antibodies work by targeting areas of the virus’ spike protein that don’t undergo changes with mutations.
Antibodies That Can Kill Omicron Variant Identified By These Scientists!
According to David Veesler of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of Washington School of Medicine, one of the study’s authors, scientists may be able to design vaccines and antibody treatments that work not just against the Omicron variant but also against future mutations by targeting antibodies on the spike protein.
“by focusing on antibodies that target these highly conserved sites on the spike protein, there is a way to overcome the virus’ continual evolution.”
In conversation with MedicalXpress, David Veesler
The spike protein of the Omicron type of coronavirus includes 37 mutations. According to studies, while the variety is less destructive but it is more transmissible and capable of eluding the protection by vaccines designed to guard against prior forms.
Omicron’s Mutations Are Caused By A Weaker Immune System!
The researchers who discovered the antibodies believe that the Omicron’s mutations are caused by a weaker immune system in those who have been infected with the variation.
Scientist also assumes that the virus spread from people to animals and then returning to humans.
Booster vaccinations have been found to ramp up the protection.