Cure For Common Cold

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Researchers at Cambridge have found that we can fight viruses inside cells as well as outside. They’ve known we could fight them outside cells but that we can fight them inside is a new and great discovery. When the virus infects a cell, it hides in there and is safe from anti-viral drugs. But if we can send antibodies into the cell on the backs of the virus, the virus will be immediately recognized as something foreign to the cell and be destroyed. In this way, it is hoped the common cold can be eliminated. And while that would be a very good thing, it’s nothing compared to saving the millions of lives that will otherwise die from a viral infection. Viruses kill twice the number of people as cancer does. So this is a really huge breakthrough in researcher’s understanding.

Animal testing of the findings will begin soon and it is hoped testing on humans can begin within two years. I don’t think I’d like to volunteer to have a virus injected into me in the hope antibodies will attach themselves before the virus makes it safely into a cell.

There’s more at BBC News Health.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by otto on November 3, 2010 at 8:24 am

    about time a little quicker would be better


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