A Cure for the Common Cold

We may not have a cure for the common cold as yet, but researchers say they’re getting closer now that they know the genetic codes for the 99 known human rhinoviruses (HRVs) that cause upper and lower respiratory tract disease.

A goal yet to be achieved is to reveal one central point of attack that could be exploited by drugs. “What we would like is a single Achilles’ heel for all the viruses that we have found so far, and we could attack in that direction,” said Dr. Stephen B. Liggett, director of the Cardiopulmonary Genomics Program at the University of Maryland, and the senior author of the report.

Ed Edelson for HealthDay News has the scoop on the Feb. 12 report in Science Express (registration required).

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