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Coronavirus variants can evade antibodies by spreading via supercells – new research

By Zania Stamataki, Senior Lecturer in Viral Immunology, University of Birmingham
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The antibodies we create after we’re infected with a virus or vaccinated against it can be very powerful. A virus typically spreads within our bodies by entering a cell and using it as a factory to create copies of itself, which then burst out and find new cells to infect. Our antibodies work by binding to the virus and this can block it from attaching to and entering our cells in the first place.

But what happens if a virus does not need to exit the cell in order to spread to neighbouring cells? Can our antibodies be effective against it?

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