Key stage to dengue fever replication found
"The challenge now is to see if we can design a small molecule to do the job"
- Andrea Gamarnik at the Leloir Institute
Buenos Aires, Argentina - The discovery that the dengue fever virus needs to bend into a circle in order to replicate suggests new ways to treat this and similar diseases, including West Nile virus and encephalitis, say researchers.
Future drugs that prevent the virus from forming a ring shape could one day save thousands of lives, they add.