New drug may treat virtually all viral infections
Sunday, August 14, 2011
In a recently published article in the journal, researchers at claim to have developed a new drug that has the potential to cure nearly all types of viral infections ranging from the to highly deadly .
The new drug, known as(double-stranded RNA activated caspase oligomerizer), is able to discriminate between healthy cells and those infected by viruses. It essentially signals the infected cells to die, preventing the virus from replicating and moving into other cells, all while leaving adjacent healthy cells completely unaffected. Furthermore, scientists believe that it would be difficult for viruses to develop a to this kind of treatment.
The researchers involved in the project have already tested this drug on mice who have been infected with lethal amounts of influenza and found that the mice were completely cured as a result. They hope to test this drug against several other types of viruses in mice before moving on to human trials in the future.
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- Broad-Spectrum Antiviral Therapeutics, PLoS ONE