Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Cure for the common cold a giant step closer.

Professor Ann Palmenberg.
Half of kids' colds are caused by the C version of the rhinovirus.  Most research however has been on the A strain. All cures start with getting through the virus' armour and we finally know why cures based on A didn't work on C.  The armour (protein shell called a capsid) is different.  See picture from Science Daily News. This is a giant step closer to a total cure of the common cold.

"Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have constructed a three-dimensional model of the pathogen that shows why there is no cure yet for the common cold."
A's shell on the left, C on the right.

"rhino" means "nose" in Greek.

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