posted on May, 28 2010 @ 03:35 PM
I stumbled across this article while I was having lunch, and I thought it might interest a few of the more scientifically minded posters here. It
seems virologists have found a new means of treating Ebola, and possibly other related hemorrhagic fevers like Marburg. Essentially, they are
injecting individuals known to be infected with a super-concentrated dose (or doses) of the virus's own genetic information, attached to fat
droplets. The idea behind this is, since the RNA is exactly the same as the virus's, it will have a high affinity for the viral RNA polymerase, the
machinery that translates the RNA into a protein, which causes the typical symptoms and death. However, the addition of the fat droplet causes the new
RNA to get stuck in the polymerase, thus shutting it down and preventing the virus from replicating. THe body's own defenses can then take their
sweet time eliminating infected cells one by one without any threat of the virus spreading in the meantime. Neat, huh?