Study proves Brazilian viper venom may become tool in fight against COVID

Scientists at SAO PAULO University reported that a molecule in the venom of a Brazilian pit viper can block the reproduction of Coronavirus in monkey cells. This could lead to developing a drug that protects against COVID. A jararacussu can grow to 6 feet long, making it one of Brazil’s largest snakes has a 75% inhibitory effect on virus growth in monkey cells.

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Researchers reported in the Scientific journal Molecules that the molecule was able to connect with an enzyme necessary for the reproduction of virus without harming other cells. They are also planning to determine if the molecule can act as a barrier to prevent the virus from entering cells in the first place.

Source: New York Post