An­ti­bod­ies to treat chikun­gunya

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S C I E N T I ST S H AV E re­ported the first large panel of an­ti­body treat­ments against this dis­ease. They pulled the B-cells (which se­crete an­ti­bod­ies) from the blood, and us­ing molec­u­lar bi­ol­ogy, made an­ti­bod­ies that can be used as drugs. About 1-2 ounces of blood was taken from each in­fected in­di­vid­ual. The white and red blood cells were sep­a­rated and only the white were re­tained. Once the cells started making an­ti­bod­ies, the cells were pulled out, and the genes pulled from those. Sci­en­tists hope to test one or more of the an­ti­bod­ies in hu­man beings soon. Cell Host and Mi­crobe, July 8

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