Study shows laboratory developed protein spikes consistent with COVID-19 virus

(University of Southampton) Key to designing COVID-19 antibody tests and vaccines is the manufacture of protein " spikes " which mimic those on the infectious virus, triggering our immune systems into action. The spikes on the SARS-CoV-2 virus are coated in glycans, which they use to disguise themselves from the human immune system. The abundance of these glycans could potentially create discrepancies between studies using different spikes.Reassuringly, a new study reveals minimal variations in recombinant spikes from five laboratories.
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news