According to a professor from the University of Leeds, he has unlocked a method to break the enigma code of viruses.
Professor Peter Stockley said that the enigma code was used as an instrument to win the World War II and he has found a way to use it for defeating virus attacks.
Stokley explains that:
“Down at the kind of molecular level, this kind of biology is like molecular warfare.”
The professor adds that this special code holds important information on how a virus attacks.
In order to conduct his study, Professor Stockley teamed with scientists from the University of New York. He claims that the first step of the study was to understand the way a virus assembles.
In his study, Stockley writes that a virus consists of a series of genetic information, known as RNA. The genetic information of the virus is actually encased in protein.
Once the virus, like the cold virus, gets attached to a host cell, they unwind their genetic content, taking control of the cell’s machinery, which causes it to churn out copied versions of the RNA and the protein shell that covers it.
This sequence was observed by professor Stockley and his team of researchers. Once the cell finished creating a new protein, it covered up the RNA and enclosed it.
Professor Stockley calls this process the
“Harry Potter moment”
According to the scientists, it is very important to understand what the code means and to find a method in which to break it because that way they can come up with a solution to stop viruses such as the common cold from infecting people.
Stockley explains that when a virus gets inside the human body, it mutates so fast that it’s difficult to be treated with traditional treatments. The key is to find a drug that can destroy the virus before it has the chance to multiply. This, Stockley concludes, will be the end of virus epidemics.
The recent findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study was a collaborative effort between the University of New York and Leeds.
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