Study: Mosquitoes could aid in treatments of life-threatening viruses, possibly COVID-19
BETHESDA, Md. - A new study revealed that a protein found in mosquitoes could help in treatments in some life-threatening viruses like West Nile and Zika and possibly COVID-19.
The National Institutes of Health released its report Wednesday and said the findings could lead to help for millions of affected people worldwide.
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Scientists said the mosquito protein AEG12 weakens certain viruses by breaking down its protective covering. However, it is ineffective against other viruses that aren’t enveloped in a protective covering such as pink eye and bladder infections.
Researchers added that the protein could be effective against fighting the coronavirus, but more research and bioengineering are needed.
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