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Indian Scientist Finds Cure For Ebola Virus

TheIndian Scientist, Karthik Chandran, benhind the finding of Ebola Virus Vaccine

United States, May 24 (Uitv) - The broadly neutralising natural human antibodies were discovered in the blood of a survivor of the 2013-16 ebola outbreak in Western Africa, which caused more than 11,000 deaths and infected over 29,000 people.

A team of US-based scientists, headed by Indian American Kartic Chandran, has discovered a possible cure for all five known Ebola viruses, one of which ravaged West Africa in recent years.

For the first time, scientists led by one of Indian-origin have discovered natural human antibodies that can neutralise and protect animals against three virulent ebola viruses, an advance that could lead to vaccines against the deadly disease.

The blood was found to contain remarkable antibodies that block not just one strain of Ebola from infecting animal cells, but all five known strains -- Zaire, Bundibugyo, Sudan, Reston and Tai Forest, the researchers said. 

Our discovery and characterisation of broadly neutralising human antibodies is an important step toward a single therapy that could treat or prevent infection caused by any known ebolavirus, said Kartik Chandran, professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York.

Both the antibodies were able to protect animals (mice and ferrets) that had been exposed to a lethal dose of the three major agents: ebola virus, Bundibugyo virus and Sudan virus.

The study also pinpointed the human genes that are the likely source of the immune cells that produce the two antibodies. 

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"We'd like to synthesise vaccine immunogens that can elicit the same types of broadly protective antibodies in people," Chandran added.

Karthik Chandran has been very active on his twitter account and the news were very much accumulated from his account on social media.