Hope in the Camels

The same camels that caused the alarming spread of MERS last year could also protect humans against the potentially deadly viral infection.

Antibodies harvested from dromedary camels have successfully shielded lab mice from MERS infection in a series of experimental trials recently published in the American Society for Microbiology's Journal of Virology.

This is a big deal when no vaccine or effective treatment is currently available. While the wave of outbreaks—a disaster prompted by poor health care conditions in Saudi Arabia—has abated, doctors are still worried another epidemic could arise at any time.
Nature World News

Correction: April 14, 2015

In an earlier version of this news post, we wrote: “Antibodies harvested from dromedary camels have successfully shielded lab mice from MERS infection in a series of experimental trials recently published in the American Society for Microbiology's Journal of Microbiology.” The article was actually published in the Journal of Virology.

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