My Aunt Dianne shared this interesting and wonderful news with me and I wanted to share it with you. Tyson is in the news this week because he is helping Swedish scientists with the urgent need to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus. That's right an alpaca is front and center in the race to develop a vaccine.
Tyson (pictured), a twelve year old alpaca, has been immunized by a team of scientists from the Karolinska Institute with coronavirus proteins. The scientists then harvested the antibodies Tyson created, known as nanobodies, and these nanobodies are hoped to help humans block the infection from the coronavirus. It turns out that alpacas have smaller nanobodies than the full size nanobodies produced by humans and the smaller size makes work on development of a vaccine easier for scientists. While a vaccine has not yet been fully developed, it is hoped that this work will form the basis for a vaccine against the coronavirus.
We knew we picked the right animal to represent us:). AlpacaSoaps is proud of Tyson and his potential abilities to save millions of lives.