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Mutation-Mapping Tool Could Yield Stronger COVID Boosters, Universal Vaccines

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Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a platform that can quickly identify common mutations on the SARS-CoV-2 virus that allow it to escape antibodies and infect cells.

Published today in Cell Reports, the research marks a major step toward successfully developing a universal vaccine for not only COVID-19 but also potentially for influenza, HIV, and other deadly global viruses.

"We've developed a predictive tool that can tell you ahead of time which antibodies are going to be effective against circulating strains of virus," said lead author Timothy Whitehead, associate professor of chemical ...