COVID-19: Alpaca helps scientists discover particle that can neutralize virus

An Alpaca named Tyson has helped scientists discover a tiny particle that can neutralize the novel coronavirus.

Alpacas do not get sick from COVID-19 like humans do. But when they have an infection, Alpacas produce nanobodies, which are fragments of antibodies.

Swedish scientists discovered one nanobody that Tyson generated in response to COVID-19 that has the potential to be used for treatment. It's called TY1, in honor of Tyson.

Testing will now begin to see if it can be used in anti-viral treatments for COVID-19.

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