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Novosibirsk scientists use chicken eggs to develop an Ebola medication

Scientists at the State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR (Vector Institute) in Novosibirsk have discovered that chicken eggs possess an ability to accumulate antibodies capable of neutralising particles of artificially created viruses that cause Ebola and Marburg fever; outbreaks of these diseases have already led to epidemics which claimed thousands of victims. Now the scientists are going to test if antibodies from chicken eggs could fight the real virus, said Olga Polezhaeva, one of the developers, at the forum of biotechnologies OpenBio in Innovation Centre Koltsovo near Novosibirsk.
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“The fact is that due to particular properties of the chicken’s immune system, the birds accumulate antibodies not only in the blood, like the mammals do, but also in the yolks of their eggs. That means that antibodies could be extracted directly from eggs. <...> We have managed to extract antibodies from the yolk and studied how they immunise (suppress) the same pseudo-virus particles. The result we had got showed that they are rather good at neutralising the particles," Polezhaeva said.

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