DURHAM, N.C. – Researchers with a Triangle-area biotech firm on Thursday said experiments with a known immune booster yielded some surprising results.
Scientists at Durham-based KNOW Bio infected host cells with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus that causes COVID-19. They then exposed the cells to a solution containing nitric oxide. Within 24 hours, 99.9 percent of the viruses were dead. More importantly, the remaining viruses were unable to replicate and the host cells were undamaged.
“You can kill the virus, but damaging its ability to replicate? That is truly an amazing discovery,” CEO Neal Hunter says.
Nitric oxide is a compound the human body produces naturally. Scientists had proposed using it to combat the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but Hunter says nobody had tried doing so.