Researchers discover possible cure for common cold

ABC News' Dr. Jennifer Ashton reports on what people need to know about the possible medical breakthrough from researchers at two California universities.
1:23 | 09/17/19

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Now to that possible medical researchers at Stanford university and ucsf making a big discovery that could help lead to a cure for the common cold. Dr. Ashton is here with all the details. All right, Dr. Ashton, tell me about this advance. Is it a cure? Not yet. But possibly and we need to tell our grandmas, you can put the garlic away because it does look like they're on to something in the past the virus that causes the common cold is sneaky. So it evades targeting. We can't disable that virus. What they did at ucsf and Stanford, they targeted the receiver of the virus so if you think of it like this lock and key. If the lock is actually the cell that gets infected the key is the virus, instead of disabling this, they disabled the protein on the cell that is found to be nonessential so that virus cannot infect those cells. Not just important for the common cold but also that enter revirus which has been implicated in that acute my light 'tis. What are the next steps. Not ready for prime time. It was tested in mice and have to develop a drug that blocks the protein in cells and they have to test it so until that time, wash your hands, sneeze into your arm and maybe keep listening to grandma for a little while longer. All right, Jen, thank you.

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