MIT develops drug to fight all viruses

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    Scientists at MIT are developing a new drug that may fight viruses as effectively as antibiotics like penicillin dispatch bacteria. The broad-spectrum treatment is designed to trigger cell-suicide in cells that have been invaded by any virus, thereby halting infection, while leaving healthy cells alone.

    In lab tests using animal and human cells, the new therapy was effective against 15 viruses, including the common cold, H1N1 influenza, dengue fever, a polio virus, a stomach virus and several types of hemorrhagic fever. "In theory, it should work against all viruses," said Todd Rider, a senior staff scientist in Lincoln Laboratory's Chemical, Biological, and Nanoscale Technologies Group at MIT, who invented the new technology.

    MIT Scientists Develop a Drug to Fight Any Viral Infection – TIME Healthland
     
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    Broad-spectrum?

    Resistance is futile.

    I'll take my chances with the common cold.
     
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    Will it be covered by Osamakayre ?
     
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    dont get excited .....its to fight Viruses not Hair growth.....
     
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    I ant puttin' that shit in my body. "All-In-One" solutions to a problem never work and have side effects that you won't know about intil you have em.
     
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    I hate to be overly critical about this stuff but it is usually crap put together by the universities to get public support for lavish taxpayer grant money. There are so many subjective phrases like "are developing" and "are designed" and "pretty good" that it makes the story meaningless.
     
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    To fight infection, human cells have proteins that attach to dsRNA and trigger a cascade of reactions that stop viruses from copying themselves. Rider had the idea to combine one of these proteins with yet another protein that induces cells to commit suicide, a process known as apoptosis.

    The end result is a drug called DRACO (for double-stranded RNA activated caspase oligomerizers): when one end of DRACO binds to dsRNA, it signals the other end of DRACO to initiate apoptosis, killing cells before the virus has a chance to replicate.

    "Viruses are pretty good at developing resistance to things we try against them, but in this case, it's hard to think of a simple pathway to drug resistance," said Karla Kirkegaard, professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University.

    In lab experiments, DRACO completely cured mice infected with the H1N1 flu virus. The researchers think the treatment could potentially be used to thwart outbreaks of new viruses like SARS.

    MIT Scientists Develop a Drug to Fight Any Viral Infection – TIME Healthland
     
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    One drug to rule them all,
    One drug to find them,
    One drug to bring them all
    and in the darkness bind them
     
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    So give it to AIDS patients and see what happens over 20 years.

    Until then, I ant puttin' that shit in my body.
     
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    All you need is words like "hope" and "change" and you have another political message. Let us know when the stuff is ready, not when you think it's politically feasable to tell us what you wish will happen.
     

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