Brazilian scientists have discovered that a molecule in the venom of the Jararacussu or Brazilian viper could slow down the reproduction of COVID-19.
According to a study published in the scientific journal Molecules this month, the molecule produced by the jararacussu pit viper hindered COVID-19 the ability to multiply in monkey cells by 75%.
“We were able to show this component of snake venom was able to inhibit a very important protein from the virus,” University of Sao Paulo professor and the author of the study Rafael Guido said in a Reuters report.
The State University of Sao Paulo (Unesp) added that its researchers would soon analyze the efficacy of different dosages of the molecule and if it is able to prevent COVID-19 from entering cells in the first place.
“A component of the venom demonstrated in this study is that it has development potential. It’s a long road, we have taken the first steps,” added Guido.
Guido added that the molecule or peptide could be synthesized and that there would be no need to capture the jararacussu to make more.
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