A plant-based chewing gum has been developed by researchers that has potential to reduce Covid-19 transmission.
The chewing gum contains a plant-based protein that traps virus within it and prevents transmission.
The chewing gum when chewed in mouth reduces viral load in saliva, preventing the transmission of virus from one person to another.
In the current situation, the chewing gum targets virus that is present in mouth, which can be transmitted during talking or eating.
The gum traps virus with ACE2 protein. The ACE2 protein is the place where virus latches onto before entering the human body.
Idea behind the invention
Researchers were working on developing a chewing gum containing plant-grown proteins to disrupt dental plaque.
They wondered if such a gum would be infused with plant-grown ACE2 that could neutralize SARS-CoV-2 in the oral cavity.
The end product
Researchers grew ACE2 protein in plants, paired with another compound and finally prepared cinnamon-flavored gums out of it.
The end product when exposed to samples of nasopharyngeal swabs containing SARS-CoV-2 showed that the gum was effective in reducing viral load.