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  • Decoy receptor neutralizes coronavirus in cell cultures

    Erik Procko is a professor of biochemistry at Illinois.

    Illinois professor Erik Procko developed a decoy receptor that, in tissue cultures, binds to and neutralizes the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Erik Procko, email  

    The paper “Engineering human ACE2 to optimize binding to the spike protein of SARS coronavirus 2” is available online. DOI: 10.1126/science.abc0870