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The biggest battle of your life goes on right inside your body every day. Fighting the flu? Combating a cold? All human cells have these suicide switches, which are usually activated when cells start to become cancerous , Rider said. The result is like the mythological centaur, said Marie Pizzorno , a molecular virologist at Pennsylvania's Bucknell University.
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If the drug finds a viral infection, it tells the cell to self-destruct. Since our body doesn't use these proteins together naturally, combining them in drug form may outsmart even the most adaptable of viruses, added Pizzorno, who was not involved in the new study. If the drug does not find double-stranded RNA in the body, it eventually flushes out with no side effects, study leader Rider added. See a human-body interactive.
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So far, the drug has proven to be effective and nontoxic in killing 15 types of virus—including the ones that cause dengue hemorrhagic fever and H1N1 influenza, or swine flu —in 11 types of mammalian cells, including human. The drug also cured percent of mice injected with a lethal dose of H1N1, and there are ongoing trials in mice with other viruses.
The next step will be to see if the drug can kill viruses in bigger animals, such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and ultimately monkeys, Rider said. Then, if the drug is still safe and effective, the U.
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Food and Drug Administration may approve human clinical trials, Rider said. Still, it will be "at least a decade before you can buy this at the drugstore. Read Caption.
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