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Decoy receptor neutralizes coronavirus in cell cultures – Medical Xpress

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, scientists and health care providers are seeking ways to keep the coronavirus from infecting tissues once they’re exposed. A new study suggests luring the virus with a decoy—an engineered, free-floating receptor p…

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, scientists and health care providers are seeking ways to keep the coronavirus from infecting tissues once they’re exposed. A new study suggests luring the virus with a decoyan engineered, free-floating receptor proteinbinds the virus and blocks infection.
Erik Procko, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, led the study, published in the journal Science.
To infect a human cell, a virus must first bind to a rece…

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