Is a Cure for the Common Cold Within Reach?

In a potentially stunning breakthrough, scientists have shown for the first time that your body's immune system can destroy the common cold virus after it has actually invaded a human cell.  This was previously believed to be impossible.

The discovery could eventually lead to a cure for the common cold.  Many other viruses could also be targeted by the new approach, including norovirus, which causes winter vomiting, and rotavirus, which results in severe diarrhea and kills thousands of children each year.

The Independent reports:

“Viruses are still mankind's biggest killers, responsible for twice as many deaths as cancer, essentially because they can get inside cells where they can hide away from the body's immune defenses and the powerful antibiotic drugs that have proved invaluable against bacterial infections ... [A]nti-viral antibodies can in fact enter the cell with the invading virus where they are able to trigger the rapid destruction of the foreign invader.”

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