Trump tests positive for Covid-19

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Dunno why they didn't mention this in the article but even though the drug was developed using fetal cells it is not produced that way. They use mice engineered to have human immune systems to create the antibodies.

Seems like something they should have included if only to preemptively ward of the crazies who will inevitably announce that trump was injected with aborted fetuses...
Could've figured that out just by seeing the paper who published the article.
 
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Now that we've got the sensationalist fake news news version out the way, here's the truth in detail:

"The president received an emergency cocktail of anti-coronavirus antibodies made by Regeneron. These molecules are manufactured in cells from a hamster’s ovary, so-called “CHO” cells, according to the company—not in human cells.

But cells originally derived from a fetus were used in another way. According to Regeneron, laboratory tests used to assess the potency of its antibodies employed a standardized supply of cells called HEK 293T, whose origin was kidney tissue from an abortion in the Netherlands in the 1970s.

Since then, the 293T cells have been “immortalized,” meaning they keep dividing in the lab, somewhat like a cancer, and have undergone other genetic changes and additions.

According to Regeneron, it and many other labs employ 293T cells to manufacture virus “pseudoparticles,” which are virus-like structures that contain the “spike” protein of the deadly coronavirus. It needs those to test how well different antibodies will neutralize the virus.

Source: https://www.technologyreview.com/20...ment-was-tested-using-cells-from-an-abortion/

Genetically engineered hamster ovaries are used to produce many different FDA approved treatments, peptides hormones, even the most one of the most commonly used fertility drugs, rHCG for inducing ovulation and stimulating natural testoserone production in male testes,
 
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Another senior (elderly) Republican tests positive:
In his role as president pro tempore of the Senate, Mr Grassley is behind only the House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi and US Vice-President Mike Pence in the order of succession to the US presidency.
 

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Donald Jr also tests positive:
Earlier on Friday, Andrew Giuliani, a special assistant to President Trump, announced he had tested positive for coronavirus.

Mr Giuliani - who is the son of the president's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, tweeted that he was experiencing mild symptoms after receiving his positive test on Friday morning.

CBS News, the BBC's US partner, has confirmed that at least four other White House aides have tested positive for Covid-19 in the latest outbreak there.
 
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