Very interesting article. I've always read that one of the problems with viruses has always been that unlike bacterial infections which are easily sought out by a drug and destroyed without harming the cells of the host, a virus attaches itself and basically becomes an entwined part of the cell structure of the host and begins to replicate itself. Traditionally, the only way to kill a virus theoretically would have been to kill the cell structure in which the virus has become part of.
Here's part of the article for those interested in reading:
"When viruses infect a cell, they take over its cellular machinery for their own purpose — that is, creating more copies of the virus. During this process, the viruses create long strings of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA)..."
"As part of their natural defenses against viral infection, human cells have proteins that latch onto dsRNA, setting off a cascade of reactions that prevents the virus from replicating itself. However, many viruses can outsmart that system by blocking one of the steps further down the cascade."
The article describes the drug, DRACO can go in and search out 'only' the cells that are infected by the virus by detecting which cells have the dsRNA. Once the DRACO binds to dsRNA, it signals the other end of the DRACO to initiate 'cell suicide'.
Basically it signals the infected cells to kill themselves thereby preventing the virus from replicating. The rest of the uninfected cells are left unharmed
I have a post "why isn't anyone helping" that everyone can sign up to help get funding for this drug.
It would be amazing to not have to worry about the fatigue, UTI's, yeast infections, swollen bits and emotional pain anymore. Everyone should sign. This could be a miracle drug and everyone can benefit from it.
I read the article and it sounds like heaven. :D
The news dispatch for the MIT Lincoln Laboratory work on DRACO indicates that they are having positive results on a variety of virus infections and pre-infections, including HIV. The mechanism works by killing infected cells before they can replicate and spread the virus. Thus cells are dead, but far fewer and earlier than if infections could spread to more.
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