A team of researchers from the Imperial College in London has been testing some methods to get rid of the common cold. After performing some experiments, they have managed to create a molecule that fights the cold virus and stops it from attacking our cells. So far, the observations have been successful, so we might soon make the common cold not so common.
There is no treatment for the actual common cold virus
The common cold is caused by the Rhinovirus, a germ that is quite widespread. While for most people this disease is relatively light and easy to treat, it might worsen the symptoms of other conditions. This virus works by attacking our cells by covering their protein in a small layer of fat. This prevents the cells from functioning properly, so we catch a cold. Currently, there is no vaccine or other popular treatment against it.
However, researchers managed to find a way to stop it. They have created a protective molecule that attacks those fat-producing enzymes and stops them from covering the cells. While this might work in some cases, it’s still difficult to produce a universal cure for the common cold. Usually, there are many variants of the virus that cause mostly the same symptoms, so researchers need to find something that works for all of them.
The method might be effective against other similar viruses as well
In fact, this is why we have the current treatments for common cold. They aren’t actually treating the cause of the condition but the symptoms. However, we can make great progresses if we improve this artificial molecule. All viral strains actually replicate from one single protein, so the method might really work. Moreover, the same technique can work for more serious viruses, such as the one causing poliomyelitis.
The study on the common cold treatment was published in the journal Nature Chemistry.
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