Shortening the wait for infectious disease cures

(From left) Principal scientist Debbie Lee with a vial of Tyzivumab, assistant director Chionh Yok Hian with a multi-well plate demonstrating the effectiveness of Tyzivumab against the Zika virus, and laboratory manager Rasvinder Kaur with a flask of
(From left) Principal scientist Debbie Lee with a vial of Tyzivumab, assistant director Chionh Yok Hian with a multi-well plate demonstrating the effectiveness of Tyzivumab against the Zika virus, and laboratory manager Rasvinder Kaur with a flask of cells producing Tyzivumab antibodies. Tyzivumab was fit for clinical trials in just nine months.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Instead of getting antibodies from natural immune response, team engineers one on computer

An infectious disease spreads across countries, killing scores of people in months.

Meanwhile, scientists struggle to come up with a cure, hampered by a discovery and development process that takes years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2018, with the headline 'Shortening the wait for infectious disease cures'. Print Edition | Subscribe