Antiviral Drugs Can Be Made More Efficient By The New Way To Target Viruses

Antiviral Drugs Can Be Made More Efficient By The New Way To Target Viruses
The Edinburgh University developed the method the does not attack the virus, but alters the conditions under which viruses cannot already live and multiply (University of Edinburgh). In the created site of inflection the virus almost cannot mutate and therefore it becomes unable to build up resistance to various drugs. The cells of our bodies become the place of residence of viruses. Our bodies produce such substance as proteins. It makes the virus unable to survive and multiply. The quantity of proteins in human body is regulated by the molecules that are known as microRNAs. Scientists could manipulate the levels of these molecules by controlling the network of proteins. As a result viruses were stopped from growing. The fact is that the majority of all the existing antiviral therapies are able to work only against one virus. However, now adapting the host environment of the virus different types of viruses can be targeted at once. Thus, there appears a new hope that new treatments can be elaborated. Thus, scientists chose the herpes family of viruses. This family can also be the cause of cancer with the Epstein-Barr and the Semliki Forest viruses. These viruses have different characteristics. Their features and characteristics are thoroughly studied. In addition further research has begun in order to learn how this method could be used to target such diseases as influenza, for instance. The study and all the researches were funded by such organizations as Welcome Trust and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

Works cited:

University of Edinburgh (2010, July 21). New way to target viruses could make antiviral drugs more effective. ScienceDaily.

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