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Penn Vet Research Identifies Compounds That Control Hemorrhagic Viruses
Ronald N. Harty, an associate professor of microbiology at Penn Vet, and his team of researchers have identified several prototypic compounds with the potential to one day serve as broad-spectrum anti-viral drugs for disease such as Ebola, Marburg, Lassa fever, rabies and HIV.
Viruses, which cannot reproduce on their own, hijack host cell proteins and machinery in order to replicate. After doing so, many viruses exit the cell in a process called “budding” in order to infect other cells and spread.
Harty and colleagues zeroed in on this step in the budding process, attempting to block it and reduce the infection to a level a person’s immune system would be able to control more easily.