Not since Monty Python have they gotten such credit. But amid a deadly pandemic, scientists think the world of Winter, a 4-year-old llama corralled in Belgium. An international team of researchers published findings this week showing that her antibodies, studied pre-pandemic for attacking SARS and MERS viruses, can also vanquish SARS-CoV-2. Llamas produce nanobodies, antibodies a quarter the size of human ones, that can block coronavirus's spikes from binding with cells — and are small enough to be nebulized into a spray. Researchers plan to test the treatment on primates before a human trial later this year.
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