Brazilian viper’s venom can kill Covid-19, claim scientists

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It is a known fact that scientists across the world are striving to develop a reliable cure for the novel Coronavirus. Now, researchers in Brazil have discovered that venom from a snake species could fight Covid-19 effectively. We know some snake venoms are already being used in the manufacture of various medicines.

Similarly, the venom of jararacussu pit viper was able to prevent coronavirus’ ability to multiply and intensify in monkey cells by a whopping 75 percent.

The study was published in the journal Molecules, where one of the study’s authors from the University of Sao Paulo said that the venom was able to kill a very important protein that causes the virus.

A ‘peptide’ in viper venom is linked to an enzyme called ‘PL’, which plays a key role in the reproduction of the virus today, said Professor Rafael Guido. It was explained that this peptide did not harm other cells in this sequence. Guido said the peptide, which has antibacterial properties, could also be produced in laboratories and there is no need to torture snakes unnecessarily in the process.

Subsequent experiments will determine whether the substance in the original viper venom has the ability to prevent coronavirus cells from entering the cells in the first stage. It will also determine how effective the substance is in the dose given.

If all these experiments on animals are successful, the researchers say, they will be tested on humans in the next phase. If everything goes as planned, scientists could whip up an anti-Covid drug using snake venom very soon.

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