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Study leads to broad spectrum antivirals for deadly viruses

By Maja Bosanac
26 March 2013

filone-chbiol-imageResearchers at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) found a new class of chemical compounds that have the potential to prevent replication of genetically diverse viruses. This could lead to the development of broad-spectrum antiviral drugs which can be used to treat a great deal of viruses, including highly pathogenic Ebola and Marburg viruses…. »

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Turning chitin into pharmaceuticals with fungi

By Damir Beciri
14 February 2012

chitin-medicine-2Most viral infections are treated with antiviral drugs which are often derived from N-Acetylneuraminic acid (NANA) – a material which costs around fifty times more than gold despite the fact it can be synthesized or obtained from natural sources. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology found a new way to produce NANA from chitin… »