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Scientists closer to curing the common cold

By T.K. Randall
February 5, 2015 · Comment icon 20 comments

The breakthrough could ultimately lead to a cure for the common cold. Image Credit:
Researchers have found a way to 'jam' the genetic code of the virus which affects millions every year.
The breakthrough comes courtesy of scientists at the Universities of Leeds and York who used computers to locate the code hidden within the ribonucleic acid structure of a virus molecule.

The discovery means that in the near future it should be possible to develop a way to stop virus molecules from replicating, something that would not only put an end to the common cold but that could also stop other more serious diseases from spreading.
"It is like finding a secret message within an ordinary news report and then being able to crack the whole coding system behind it," said Dr Roman Tuma from the University of Leeds.

While there is still a long way to go before the research leads to an actual cure or vaccine, indications are good that this new breakthrough will eventually lead to an effective treatment.

Source: Independent | Comments (20)

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Comment icon #11 Posted by ShortyStuff 9 years ago
They are about 90 years late. We saw Granny cure the cold back in the 60's, and even then they said it had never failed for over 45 years ---
Comment icon #12 Posted by karmakazi 9 years ago
im a lucky guy, i got the flu/cold once every 2 years or so, but i would really buy this cure. i hate it when i'm "off" for 7days I'm the same way, I get the flu once in 2-3 years....I almost never get colds now....when I was a kid I had colds, flu, and stomach bugs constantly though...It was miserable.
Comment icon #13 Posted by KNash 9 years ago
When scientists have a cure for cancer, call me. I don't care about any cure for a harmless cold. What's amazing is not that the cure is for the cold, but that it is a cure for a virus that has been incurable since it was discovered.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Hawkin 9 years ago
If a cure is found and IF available to the public, Just think how it will affect the cold medicine industry.
Comment icon #15 Posted by UFO_Monster 9 years ago
If a cure is found and IF available to the public, Just think how it will affect the cold medicine industry. This. Any "cure" they find will be swept under the rug. They won't allow this to cut into the sales of "Big Pharma."
Comment icon #16 Posted by ChaosRose 9 years ago
This. Any "cure" they find will be swept under the rug. They won't allow this to cut into the sales of "Big Pharma." Obviously, big pharma would benefit, financially, from any cure for this or any other virus. j
Comment icon #17 Posted by Rolci 9 years ago
it's a fact that anyone can consciously control their immune system If you know how to do that, then teach the rest of us this skill. Better yet, teach all those people who are suffering from AIDS. The idea of boosting your immunity is enticing, but the ability to do so has proved elusive for several reasons. The immune system is precisely that — a system, not a single entity. To function well, it requires balance and harmony. There is still much that researchers don’t know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of the immune response. For now, there are no scientifically proven dire... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Rolci 9 years ago
By the way, if you live your life by the motto "in obsolete Harvard articles we trust", I recommend you read: Maybe you can take something out of it, although, having read your private messages that prove your profound ignorance, I seriously doubt it.
Comment icon #19 Posted by ChaosRose 9 years ago
Woah! You live in a cave or something? http://www.scienceda...40505155210.htm To quote the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America "Hitherto, both the autonomic nervous system and innate immune system were regarded as systems that cannot be voluntarily influenced. The present study demonstrates that, through practicing techniques learned in a short-term training program, the sympathetic nervous system and immune system can indeed be voluntarily influenced." And you want ME to TEACH YOU how to do it??? For heaven's s... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by MissMelsWell 9 years ago
That's cute Rolci. Let me tell you a little story. I'm 48 years old. I was raised by new age parents who believed everything you do. My mother ran a yoga studio for 30 years, was one of the west coasts leading teachers of transcendental meditation, she ate clean, she drank Indian mud, her house was as green as green could be, she went only to naturalpaths and holistic healers. Her naturapath discovered she had high blood pressure, recommended a bunch of gravel and weeds and a new exercise program to control it which she adheared to like it was law. 6 months later she had a stroke and is now pe... [More]

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