Scientists develop a chewing gum that can reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2

Scientists develop a chewing gum that can reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2
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Scientists have developed a chewing gum that can potentially reduce transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

This chewing gum is laced with a plant-grown protein; it will serve as a trap for the coronavirus.

That’s how it will reduce the viral load in saliva. This study was published in the journal Molecular Therapy.

When a person infected with SARS-CoV-2 sneezes, coughs or speaks, some of the viruses can reach others.

This chewing gum that researchers have developed, targets the virus in the saliva and does so by trapping it with the ACE2 protein.

The ACE2 protein in humans is where the coronavirus latches on to and then it enters the cell.

Henry Daniell of the University of Pennsylvania had been studying ACE2 for treating hypertension.

His lab had grown ACE2 using a patented plant-based production system.

Daniell and his colleague Hyun (Michel) Koo had also been working on developing a chewing gum with plant-grown proteins. This will help disrupt the dental plaque.

The researchers grew ACE2 in plants; they paired it with another compound and incorporated the resulting plant material into cinnamon-flavoured gum tablets.

With the help of obtaining the nasopharyngeal swabs from Covid-positive patients with the gum, they found that the ACE2 could neutralise SARS-CoV-2.

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