Alphabet Verily is launching an antibody research study for Covid-19

Verily is adapting its existing clinical trial technology, Project Baseline, to the coronavirus. 

Its initial focus will be to study antibody testing. 
There are still many unknowns when it comes to antibody tests. 
And there’s a wide variation in the accuracy of the tests.  

Alphabet’s life sciences company, Verily, is launching a research project with an initial focus on understanding how the human immune system responds to the coronavirus. 

The company is adapting its existing study, Project Baseline, which aims to use the latest technology for longitudinal health care research, to support the pandemic. Its first initiative, Baseline Antibody Research, offers serology testing to those who have already received a nasal swab test from Verily’s testing program.

Verily, which spun out of Google Life Sciences, has already rolled out testing sites across various sites in California for those who suspect they might have the virus. 

A serology test is designed to detect antibodies, which circulate in our blood to help fight off infections. Researchers see some potential in using antibody testing to understand how prevalent Covid-19 is in a community, and studies are already underway.

But there are wide variations in accuracy across the various test markers. These tests are producing a lot of false positive and false negative results. For that reason, many public health experts are wary about overly relying on antibody testing for so-called “immunity passports,” as we don’t yet know whether a positive result means there’s conferred immunity. 

An Alphabet/Google study designed as a Project Baseline is the quest to collect comprehensive health data and use it as a map and compass, pointing the way to disease prevention.  Project Baseline is partnered with Stanford Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, The American Heart Association is already studying numerous other diseases and is enrolling participants for ongoing studies in heart disease, skin disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, sleep disorders and mood disorders.  

The Covid-19 Pandemic adds a new sense of urgency for Verily's project.

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Alphabet Verily is launching an antibody research study for Covid-19