Viral Demolition – Are we at the cusp of viral cures?

Todd Rider of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, and his colleagues have been working on proteins in combination to find a way of destroying cells infected by a virus.

This could have far reaching impacts with viruses from the common cold right through to the HIV virus possibly being able to be cured.

“The new drug targets a molecule common to all virus-infected cells. Nearly every virus generates strings of double-stranded RNA longer than 30 base pairs during transcription and replication, in an attempt to duplicate itself and commandeer its host cell’s machinery. Healthy mammalian cells do not produce double-stranded RNA longer than 23 base pairs.”

via Experimental drug could defeat any virus – health – 12 August 2011 – New Scientist.

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