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Research finds new way to cure the common cold




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It's not a cure yet, but researchers have found a way to stop the spread of viruses that cause half of all colds. The Stanford and San Francisco University of California teams used gene processing to prevent cells from delivering a protein that the virus needs to replicate, the BBC reports. This method worked in human cell cultures and genetically engineered mice. "The absence of this gene completely protected the mice from virus infection," says a Stanford researcher. The method also blocked viruses related to asthma, encephalitis and polio according to Stanford. The study was published this week in Nature Microbiology .

The rhinoviruses that cause the most colds have been hard to fight as they hide from the immune system and quickly become resistant to new drugs. The researchers followed a different strategy. The idea now is "to make the host inhospitable for these viruses," said the Stanford researcher, according to ABC. The researchers do not plan experiments on humans. What is needed now is a drug that will temporarily check the protein that the virus needs for replication. Otherwise, we would have to create genetically modified humans for this method to work. Next, the drug would be tested. It's way too early to know what the drug would cost, but colds cost the US economy an estimated $ 40 billion a year. Of course, this is just the agony for people with cold. (Read more common cold stories.)

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