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Antibodies Show Promise Blocking MERS Infection

Lab tests have identified human immune system components that appear to block the virus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Infections have risen sharply in recent weeks, not just in the Middle East, but in Malaysia and the Philippines, with more than 100 deaths reported since the disease was first identified in late 2012. MERS has a 30 to 40 percent mortality rate. Researchers at universities in China and Hong Kong — Tsinghua University, Sichuan University, The University of...

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