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How Draco works
Natural proteins in an infected cell detect the presence of a virus. These proteins are sensitive to double stranded RNA, a genetic molecule unique to and present in nearly all viruses.
Todd Rider has taken one of these natural proteins and bound it to another natural protein - also present in all cells - that triggers cell suicide.
To help the new protein penetrate a cell, he added a feature that imitates part of the HIV virus, borrowing that virus' ability to break into cells. Once administered, the drug travels to every cell in the body but it will only activate in infected cells.
In a matter of hours, the RNA-sensing part of the drug detects the virus and activates the cell suicide part. When the host cell dies, so does the virus.
Originally posted by QUANTUMGR4V17Y
Maybe I'm strange, but even if there was a cure for the common cold, am I the only person who would not take it? I was always under the impression that getting sick helped develop / improve our immune systems. With all these "insta-cures" wouldn't they start to prevent your body from developing the necessary anti-bodies and such for fighting even the common virus's / germs we come in contact with on a daily basis?