BOSTON (CBS) – A Boston lab that studies some of the most dangerous microbes in the world is now part of the fight against the coronavirus.
Scientists at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories in the South End have had their hands on a live sample of the coronavirus for the last week hoping to find a potential treatment.READ MORE: Connecticut Man Charged In Hit-And-Run With Tractor-Trailer That Injured Mass. State Police Lieutenant
“We had our first harvest of the material; we took that on Sunday,” Dr. Robert Davey from the BU lab said during an online conference Wednesday. “We’re continuing to grow it and get to know the virus. It’s always good to know your enemy.”READ MORE: 'It Means Celebrating Freedom': Communities Across Boston Celebrate 1st Juneteenth As National Holiday
According to BU, they “expect to test thousands of different drugs for their ability to curb COVID-19 infection—all within a matter of weeks.”
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BU says this is the first team in Boston to start such work on the global pandemic.