Compound derived from B.C. sea sponge could block COVID-19 virus, researchers find – CBC

3 most effective natural compounds in catalogue of 350 were sourced in Canada, UBC team says

Jan 11, 2023

Researchers at the University of British Columbia say a compound derived from sea sponges found off the B.C. coast can block coronavirus infection in human cells.

The discovery could pave the way for the development of new COVID-19 medicines made from natural sources, researchers say.

An international team led by UBC scientists analyzed a catalogue of more than 350 compounds derived from natural sources that included plants, fungi and marine sponges in an effort to find new antiviral drugs to treat coronavirus variants.

Researchers bathed human lung cells in solutions made from the compounds and then infected the cells with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. They found 26 compounds reduced viral infection in the cells.

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