A newly created virus trap promises to catch influenza virus accurately, preventing its spread from one person to another.
Researchers at the University of Manchester in collaboration with a biotechnology company Virustatic have developed the trap. The trap is a fabric coating for masks and air filters that isolate the influenza virus.
The fabric layer mimics the carbohydrate structures on the surfaces of cells that line the esophagus and the respiratory airways.
The team first discovered a way to incorporate the glycoproteins on a carbon cloth and then came up with techniques to anchor them on less expensive materials like cotton.
Dr. Ian Rowles, of University of Manchester, said, "This has been an exciting collaboration with Virustatic, and our research does indeed show that this technology can slow the spread of flu viruses."
These researchers are now planning to develop a trap for capturing coronavirus causing Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).