UNM scientists work to create COVID-19 vaccine

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Researchers at the University of New Mexico are working to fight COVID-19 with a vaccine.

David Peabody, Ph.D. and Bryce Chackerian, Ph.D. says they’re using particles that are the opposite of Trojan horses as they look deadly on the outside but are harmless on the inside. The goal is to trick the body into believing it’s been infected with the virus and create antibodies.

The particles are produced by bacteria and can be created to appear like anything dangerous such as a parasite or cancer cell. Researchers say they’ve been using the knowledge of the genome of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to try to produce the vaccine.

They’re currently testing mice, before they do any testing on humans.

“We’re taking antibodies from animals that we’ve immunized and then we’re mixing that with the virus and then we’re applying that mixture to cells and then we’re looking to see whether the cells are infected or not,” said Chackerian.

They’re using a $250,000 one-year grant for their work. It’s too early to know how long the process could take.


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