Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Ebola: a possible cure?

Just picked this piece up from the Lancet about 'curing' Ebola in Animal test subjects. This is massive news, as previous testing had only managed to 'cure' Guinea pigs. Which was pretty handy if Mr Snuggles has got out of his cage and taken a trip to Zaire, where the disease seems most prevalent.

Now that researchers have gotten the treatment to work of Primates, it is only a matter of time before some kind of human clinical trials can begin. No doubt there will be side effects to the treatment or drug, but when the alternative is internally and externally bleeding to death, well, call me Mr Silly but I'll take the side effects every time. This is hopeful news. Technology does it again.

H/T This post at Genomics, Evolution and Pseudoscience.

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