University of Hyderabad designs vaccine for Corona

Based on inputs by Shahid Kazi

The faculty member of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) has claimed to have designed a vaccine against Corona virus, called T-cell epitopes.

The university claims these potential vaccines are designed to not destroy human cells or proteins, while acting as an immune response against the virus. However, these results have to be investigated experimentally in order to provide conclusive evidence.

The research has been shared with the scientific community, the university has stated in a press release.

Seema Mishra of the Department of Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences, has created small coronaviral peptides or molecules used by cells to trigger an immune response to destroy infected cells.

These are the first such studies on the nCoV vaccine design from India exploring the whole coronaviral proteome across structural and non-structural proteins that make up the virus, claims the university.

The university has said in a statement “Vaccination will take some time due to the need for further work on these candidate epitopes. We are hopeful that our computational findings will provide a cost and time-effective framework for rapid experimental trials towards an effective nCoV vaccine,”

IIT Guwahati the other institute is also workingto develop the vaccine as well as rapid detection and portable diagnostic kits for various viruses and microorganisms.  The institute informed that the researchers there are exploring possibilities to “clone the immunogenic proteins of SARS-CoV-2 to be used as diagnostics and possible vaccine candidates”.

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