China, US de­velop new MERS treat­ment

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Chi­nese and Amer­i­can sci­en­tists have jointly de­vel­oped a new an­ti­body tar­get­ing the Mid­dle East Res­pi­ra­tory Syn­drome (MERS) virus, which has killed 16 peo­ple and put 150 oth­ers in hos­pi­tals, ac­cord­ing to Xin­hua news agency.

Fu­dan Univer­sity, which worked with US Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health to de­velop the an­ti­body, said on Mon­day that tests on an­i­mals had seen “very ef­fec­tive” re­sults.

Jiang Shibo, who led the re­search team at Fu­dan, said the m336 an­ti­body could neu­tral­ize MERS virus more ef­fec­tively than other an­ti­bod­ies. The m336 an­ti­body treat­ment has proved more ef­fec­tive when cou­pled with a spe­cific type of polypep­tide, ac­cord­ing to Jiang. (Photo 1)

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