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UT Austin announces coronavirus
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vaccine

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Posted By: DVC, 2/21/2020 2:48:39 AM

Researchers at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the University of Texas at Austin claimed to have made a breakthrough in their coronavirus research on Wednesday and said their data could help develop a vaccine. Scientists were able to create a 3D atomic-scale map of the part of the virus that attaches itself to human cells and causes infection, according to UT News. Mapping what researchers call the "spike protein" is a vital step toward developing vaccines and antiviral drugs. Jason McLellan, an associate professor at UT Austin, spoke with Fox News on Thursday about the virus and said researchers hope to study the 3D map,

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And a lab has announced that it has a vaccine, based on the 3D model.
This is what modern molecular sequencing and molecular modeling can do. Impossible not long ago, and provides the key to vaccine makers to directly engineer, then assemble a potential vaccine to create antibodies. They could build a harmless molecule with the key external, exposed structure(s) [identifiers] of the virus replicated, but no virus as part of it, and you will have your vaccine. It will still need testing, of course, to verify that it will cause the body to make antibodies to the real virus.
But they are planning on a different route to blocking the virus, not a conventional vaccine. By making antibodies which will lock onto the virus' attachment parts, they will prevent the virus from being able to enter a cell and take it over to make more viruses, which will basically neuter the virus, block it's ability to infect and prevent reproduction. This would be more of a treatment than a prevention.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Gruntmedic 2/21/2020 4:14:34 AM (No. 324924)
It will be ready in about three years.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: NancyD 2/21/2020 6:22:36 AM (No. 324960)
Okay, this is a good thing, however, quit manufacturing our vaccines in China! If they wanted to kill off the USA, use chemical warfare, and refuse us antibiotics and vaccines that they make for U.S. companies! It's time to pull that type of manufacturing from China. Let them make cheap plastic crap, but not the goods we depend on.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: MattMusson 2/21/2020 6:25:54 AM (No. 324963)
I have been modeling US flu deaths from Corona virus. The best start is to take existing flu numbers 36k deaths from regular flu. CV is transmitted like the regular flu and much more contagious than SARS or Ebola. 36 Million cases projected. Assume the similar number of cases as the flu but CV is 21 times more deadly. 2.1 mortality rate. Multiply 36k time 21 a base line. 756K deaths as base. But, CV is likely to hit the US in the late Spring and Summer. That will mitigate the number of cases. Also, people will be self segregating and taking extra precautions. Assume this lowers the number of cases by 1/4 to 1/2. 378K to 567K Effective anti-virals will be identified. However, the collapse of medical supply chains will mean they will be in very short supply. Reduce the number of fatalities by 10%. 340K to 510K So, without a vaccine - the Corona Virus will kill ten times the number of Americans who died in Vietnam and close to double the number or WWII combat deaths.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Boliver 2/21/2020 7:25:21 AM (No. 325005)
Go UT Austin, awesome university! (grandson goes there, just proud...)
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Bur Oak 2/21/2020 7:59:59 AM (No. 325041)
Let me know when "could" becomes "did."
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rumblehog 2/21/2020 8:19:13 AM (No. 325060)
Wouldn't it be interesting if the Chinese Communists purposely allowed this virus out, just to see how quickly the free world could respond to the crisis?
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 2/21/2020 9:23:18 AM (No. 325154)
Good. But try it on President Xi first to make sure it works.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: HotRod 2/21/2020 9:30:08 AM (No. 325162)
Maybe the democrats would admit that this is far more important than ''free'' stuff! Put the money into the research centers and maybe some people could stay alive, to go to college!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Texas544 2/21/2020 10:29:58 AM (No. 325241)
Give me a break Fox News! No mention about how many of the researchers were Gay or Transgendered. After reading I have no idea of how many black, asian or latinos worked on this project. Please focus on what is important!!!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: kono 2/21/2020 12:30:35 PM (No. 325394)
What O.P. said is great. Of course, it will have no unintended (or unanticipated) side effects.... s/o
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Reply 11 - Posted by: kono 2/21/2020 12:34:56 PM (No. 325402)
#3 has some interesting derivations. What caught my attention was this, though: "However, the collapse of medical supply chains will mean " Sorry if I missed an important development, again. But what collapse?
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Dino Sayer 2/21/2020 3:42:36 PM (No. 325562)
great, the vaccine will be ready in 3 years. The FDA will slow walk it to prevent a thousand needless deaths while the delay will give us 40 million deaths. Way to go, bureaucrats!
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Videodrone 2/21/2020 5:14:03 PM (No. 325627)
Current stat: 2,250 died 18,870 recovered I'll take those odds
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