Leveraging expertise developed from his extensive work with HIV, Jackson Laboratory (JAX) Professor Read moreled an effort to develop an assay that determines how well anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies are able to neutralize binding with ACE-2, the human receptor for the virus. Using a non-infectious pseudo-virus with the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein on the external membrane, the assay does not require a BSL-3-level biosecurity facility, yet detects the presence of neutralizing antibodies with extremely high sensitivity and specificity. In a pre-print posted on medRxiv, Unutmaz shows that the assay is able to detect neutralizing antibody in patient plasma even at high dilutions, up to a million-fold.
UMaine professor McGill receives top German research award
ORONO — University of Maine ecology professor Brian McGill was awarded the Humboldt Research Award, one of the most prestigious scientific...
Four Maine workforce programs could get $6.5M in fed funding
Four workforce training programs in Maine could receive nearly $6.5 million in federal funding through the markup of the fiscal year 2024 financial...
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