Antibody Treatment Cures Monkeys of Marburg, a Deadly Ebola Cousin

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The trip to the bat cave was just a filler, a way to kill time while the more interesting attractions in the Uganda jungle, the gorillas and chimpanzees, were snoozing away in the heat of the day.

Michelle Barnes brought back more than memories from that trip. She came home infected with Marburg virus — a cousin of Ebola that’s even deadlier.

Now Barnes’ blood has provided a potential cure for the infection. Researchers at Vanderbilt University and Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. isolated an especially potent immune system protein called a monoclonal antibody from Barnes and have used it to cure monkeys infected not only with Marburg virus, but with a related virus called Ravn.

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  Image: Scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch work in a specialized, high-security biological containment facility to develop therapies for dangerous pathogens like Marburg and Ravn viruses

Scientists work in a specialized, high-security biological containment facility at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas while developing therapies for dangerous pathogens like the Marburg and…

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