The novel coronavirus attacks the lungs. A biotech company sees a common enzyme as key to protecting them

When a person is infected with the novel coronavirus, the deadliest symptoms often show up in the lungs.

The reason is now well-understood: The virus enters through ACE2, an enzyme that is commonly found on the surface of lung cells and that, ordinarily, helps tamp down inflammation. When it’s interrupted, inflammatory forces run amok.

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