Friday, February 13, 2009

Cure for the common cold, or, How Americans lost their sick days.

OK, so it's not quite ready yet... but for the first time it seems like something we maybe able to do. FTA: Scientists have begun to solve some of the mysteries of the common cold by putting together the pieces of the genetic codes for all the known strains of the human rhinovirus. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have completed the genomic sequences of the viruses and assembled them into a "family tree," which shows how the viruses are related, with their commonalities and differences.

They think once they can identify what all of the strains have in common they may be able to develop a wonder drug. Hats off to them, but be damned if I'm giving up my sick days.

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