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New Approach Could Stop the Common Cold

Accepted submission by takyon at 2018-05-15 22:14:15
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Drug target for curing the common cold [bbc.com]

UK scientists believe they may have found a way to combat the common cold.

Rather than attacking the virus itself, which comes in hundreds of versions, the treatment targets the human host. It blocks a key protein in the body's cells that cold viruses normally hijack to self-replicate and spread. This should stop any cold virus in its tracks if given early enough, lab studies suggest [nature.com] [DOI: 10.1038/s41557-018-0039-2] [DX [doi.org]]. Safety trials in people could start within two years.

The Imperial College London researchers are working on making a form of the drug that can be inhaled, to reduce the chance of side-effects. In the lab, it worked within minutes of being applied to human lung cells, targeting a human protein called NMT, Nature Chemistry journal reports.

Related: Vaccine Against the Common Cold may be Achievable [soylentnews.org]


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