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Fundamental research

29 - 06 - 2017

A lead for anti-coronavirus drugs

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses commonly encountered in animals that include the SARS and MERS viruses. There is currently no antiviral that is effective against coronaviruses.

After many years of fundamental research studying this family of viruses, researchers have succeeded in synthesizing a molecule that inhibits in vitro the SARS virus, the MERS virus and bat coronaviruses considered pre-pandemic as they are capable of infecting human cells. In vivo, in mice this molecule is able to prevent and treat SARS.

Even if we are far from having a drug for humans, this proves that coronaviruses can be overcome. Research is ongoing.