posted on Sep, 1 2010 @ 11:18 AM
The most detailed microscopic crystallography image ever created
After more than a decade of work, scientists have completed a 3-D atomic-scale map of a virus that causes the common cold. It's the largest virus
ever mapped. The map could help scientists re-engineer the virus for gene therapy, as well as to create possible treatments for cancer and other
ailments. Robotic systems, an advanced x-ray, and years of patience made it possible.
The human adenovirus family, which is responsible for a host of ailments ranging from colds to gastrointestinal disorders, is quite good at making us
sick because adenoviruses can infect many types of cells. For several years, scientists have tried to use adenoviruses as a vector to carry
therapeutic genes into cells, mostly for treating cancer and cardiovascular disease. Understanding its structure, including how it disassembles when
it enters a cell, could help scientists design better vectors.
The new structure illuminates one virus’s weakest links as well as its structural strengths, according to Glen Nemerow, a research professor at the
Scripps Research Institute and co-author of a paper on the virus to be published this week in the journal Science.
Human Adenovirus Scientists have determined the crystal structure of human adenovirus, which is responsible for a host of ailments including the
common cold. Scripps Research Institute
A miracle if they could finally find a cure or at the very least something to prevent the common cold. This virus cost billions every year in medical
expenses treating it plus the cost to business is extremely high, most people could still work with a cold but the problem lies in spreading the virus
to others in the workplace.
If a cure is found like anything else that is for the common good it will be suppressed by big Pharma and the Medical establishment at large, it is
not about helping people, it about who will profit from it, that would not be you and me.
[edit on 1-9-2010 by Aquarius1]