What if a drug could kill all viruses? It has been thought that if you can eliminate viruses, cancer, and mental deterioration, a person could live for hundreds of years. One piece of the puzzle may be on its way. Now in development from MIT, researchers are working on a super antiviral drug of sorts that can be used to kill any virus from HIV to the common cold. Is it possible? In a paper published July 27 in the journal PLUS ONE researchers tested 15 different viruses. The drug used killed every virus. In essence it should work at all types of viruses. The virus works by attacking the RNA in cells that have been infected by a virus and kills those sells. In essence eliminating the virus. It was in essence effective at killing the viruses of the common cold, H1N1 influenza, a stomach virus, a polio virus, dengue fever and several other types of hemorrhagic fever.
The super antiviral was developed by Todd Rider, a senior staff scientist in MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s Chemical, Biological, and Nanoscale Technologies Group. The antiviral treatment may be several years away from actually being used on humans but the research is very promising as it worked on standalone cells. Does this mean no need for vaccination of any kind in the future? Perhaps. One thing is for certain, if there is an antiviral for all viruses, it will have a significant impact on the pharmaceutical company’s profits.
In the meantime, it is still crucial to get tested for viral infections. Getting treatment will prevent irreversible harm done to your body and that of others.