Can a special chewing gum slick away Covid-19 from saliva? Penn researchers start clinical trial to find out
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have begun a small clinical trial to test whether a cinnamon-flavored gum (no, not Wrigley’s Big Red) could reduce the amount of Covid-19 in saliva — a potential way to cut transmission of the virus.
The gum, designed by Penn School of Dental Medicine’s Henry Daniell, is made from lettuce plant cells that were altered to express ACE2 — the receptor that the Covid-19 virus binds to in the body — which enables the gum to trap Covid-19 viral particles.
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