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Iowa State, Ames Lab Chemists Discover How Antiviral Drugs Bind to and Block Flu Virus

February 3, 2010

chemists from Iowa State University A research team led by Mei Hong of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has determined where an antiviral drug binds to and blocks a channel necessary for the flu virus to spread. The researchers also discovered that the drug spins in the channel, meaning there could be room for developing drugs that do a better job blocking the channel and stopping the flu. The findings are published in the Feb. 4 issue of the journal Nature. Full Story

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