Cure for the common cold? We may be getting close…

Researchers say technique may also help with polio and other diseases

With cold season fast approaching we get some encouraging news from research teams at Stanford University and University of California.

“Our grandmas have always been asking us, ‘If you’re so smart, why haven’t you come up with a cure for the common cold?’” said Jan Carette, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology. “Now we have a new way to do that.”

The researchers have found that temporarily disabling a single, non-critical protein in cells may halt the replication of viruses that cause half of all common colds, polio and other diseases.

The research teams note that traditional antiviral drugs target the virus itself. The problem is the virus is smart and can mutate its way around those drugs. What the researchers have done is make the host inhospitable for the viruses, making that mutation more difficult.

It’s not yet a cure, but they think they’re getting closer.