Researchers Disable SARS Cloaking System

Researchers have discovered a way to disable a key part of the SARS coronavirus that allows it to hide from the body’s immune system. Led by Professor Andrew Mesecar, a team of researchers at Purdue University have identified a key SARS enzyme that allows host cells to go un-noticed. The enzyme, papain-like protease,┬ástrips a host cell of two proteins, ibiquitin …

China Bans the Eating of Rare Animals: could this have prevented SARS?

Will the new Chinese ban on the eating of rare animals reduce the likelihood of another SARS epidemic? In 2003 SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) swept across china and surrounding countries in one of the largest epidemics of recent times. With 8273 cases, 775 deaths, and an estimated $40 billion worth of damage to worldwide economy, SARS bought China to …

New TNO Triskelion Lab Tests Vaccines Against Deadly Viruses

March 03, 2014 Introduction of a Bio Safety Level 3 (BSL-3) facility and development of special techniques allow Dutch TNO Triskelion to test vaccines against deadly viruses like avian flu and SARS. With this step the contract research organisation responds to a globally growing demand for testing facilities for the development of drugs against these dangerous infectious diseases. It also …