Apr 24, 2020
Episode 11: The Counterpunch
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We explore the power of the antibody — a protein that our blood cells make when our body encounters a virus. Scientists have known for more than 100 years that if you take antibodies from someone who has recovered from a virus and transfer plasma, a blood byproduct, from that person to someone who is sick with that same virus, the patient will usually fare better than someone who doesn’t get this extra help. “Somebody else's army has come to help you fight the war,” said Dr. Terry Gernsheimer, professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology at the University of Washington and the medical director of transfusion at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Gernsheimer and her UW research partner, Dr. Anna Wald, will be studying the plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19. “And one of the things that we're looking for is, do you have this antibody? We want to know why did you recover? We're thrilled that you did, but why you? What was it about you that made you different from the
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