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Taconic Biosciences launches critical model for COVID-19 research Immediate availability of hACE2 mouse GlobeNewswire October 26, 2020 RENSSELAER, N.Y., Oct. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Taconic Biosciences, a global leader in providing drug discovery animal model solutions, announces immediate humanized ACE2 mouse model availability for COVID-19 research. The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, uses the ACE2 receptor to enter cells. Due to differences between the mouse and human ACE2 receptors, normal laboratory mice cannot be infected with SARS-CoV2. Transgenic mice expressing the human ACE2 receptor overcome this challenge and thus are critical for COVID-19 research. Taconic’s hACE2 AC70 mouse model is susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 and displays symptoms upon infection.