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A Promising Coronavirus Treatment Has a Dark History

Through war and the AIDS crisis, plasma has helped and hurt the people who need it

Photo illustration. Photos: Getty Images (Choja; Steve Gschmeissner; Juan Gaertner)

One of the more promising potential therapies in the war against the coronavirus is the use of plasma from people recovered from the virus. Convalescent plasma — the liquid part of blood — is rich in antibodies. Although the treatment is…

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Douglas Starr

Douglas Starr

Professor Emeritus, Science Journalism, Boston University. Author of books and articles about science and its role in the human experience. www.douglasstarr.com