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Medicine

Submission + - A Broad-Spectrum Antiviral Drug? (plosone.org)

sessamoid writes: MIT researchers have developed a class of broad spectrum antiviral drug which was effective in vitro against all 15 viruses tested by inducing cell death specifically only in virus infected cells. It has been designed to detect long-chain double stranded RNA, which are found almost exclusively in cells infected by viruses and not in healthy mammalian cells, then inducing apotosis. Obviously, it's likely still years from potential FDA approval and no live human testing has been done yet, but it was successful in eradicating H1N1 in mice, and may turn out to lead to the cure for both the common cold and HIV.

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