Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Race To Create The Best Antiviral Drugs : NPR

I learned lot from this NPR podcast, and I thought I would share it: The Race To Create The Best Antiviral Drugs : NPR.  Here is excerpt from the article: "If you've ever had a bacterial infection like staph or strep throat, your doctor may have prescribed penicillin. But if you've had the flu or a common cold virus, penicillin won't work. That's because antibacterials only kill bacteria, and both the flu and the common cold are viruses. So for illnesses like the flu, doctors prescribe antiviral drugs, which target the mechanisms that viruses use to reproduce." (read the rest of the article or listen to the audio)

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