Good timing - virus Achilles heel

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Good timing - virus Achilles heel

#1  Postby Macdoc » Feb 12, 2020 11:19 am

Tho won't impact this round

FEBRUARY 12, 2020
Researchers identify new 'universal' target for antiviral treatment
by Massachusetts General Hospital

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As the coronavirus outbreak shows, viruses are a constant threat to humanity. Vaccines are regularly developed and deployed against specific viruses, but that process takes a lot of time, doesn't help everyone who needs protection, and still leaves people exposed to new outbreaks and new viruses.

Now, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have uncovered a novel potential antiviral drug target that could lead to treatments protecting against a host of infectious diseases—creating a pan, or universal, treatment. Their work suggests that the protein Argonaute 4 (AGO4) is an "Achilles heel" for viruses. ... tment.html
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EO Wilson in On Human Nature wrote:
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Re: Good timing - virus Achilles heel

#2  Postby zulumoose » Feb 14, 2020 7:06 am

Just a thought, the body has many needs and uses for beneficial bacteria, is it not possible that there are viruses needed by the body, such that a treatment potentially wiping out all viruses might have unintended consequences?
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