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 Stage in Virus’s Life Cycle Gives Hope for New Drugs

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PostSubject: Stage in Virus’s Life Cycle Gives Hope for New Drugs   Stage in Virus’s Life Cycle Gives Hope for New Drugs Icon_minitimeSat Oct 20, 2012 10:21 pm

Researchers at the Univ. of Leeds have identified a crucial stage in the life cycle of simple viruses like polio and the common cold that could open a new front in the war on viral disease.

The team is the first to observe at a single-molecule level how the genetic material (genome) that forms the core of a single-strand RNA virus particle packs itself into its outer shell of proteins. Lead researcher Prof. Peter Stockley says their results overturn accepted thinking about the process and could open a chink in the armor of a wide range of viruses. “If we can target this process, it could lead to a completely new class of antivirals that would be less likely to create resistant viruses than existing drugs, which tend to target individual proteins,” Stockley says.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2012/10/stage-virus%E2%80%99s-life-cycle-gives-hope-new-drugs
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