Can You Survive a Virus Outbreak? - Book Depository

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First, apologies if this is an obvious question. I tried to look into this and didn't understand as well as I would like. From what I can see, one of the major issues is how fast viruses evolve, which makes it very difficult for our body's immune system to keep up and for us to create an effective treatment / cure.

My second question is whether vaccines are our best hope to combat them, or if there is any promising research that may lead to actual cures for them.

A major issue is finding good targets for a drug. Viruses are fundamentally much less “complicated” than bacteria are. A bacterium must be able to all things necessary for life: copy, transcribe, and translate its genome, carry out metabolism, etc etc. While these activities parallel what happens in human cells, the molecular machines that carry them out tend to be quite distinct. In addition, bacteria have cell membranes that are chemically distinct from human cells. Together, this means that there are a number of possible drug targets that should be specific for bacteria and relatively harmless in humans.

Title: Can You Survive a Virus Outbreak?: An Interactive Doomsday Adventure

Category: Children's Books  /  Young Adults

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First, apologies if this is an obvious question. I tried to look into this and didn't understand as well as I would like. From what I can see, one of the major issues is how fast viruses evolve, which makes it very difficult for our body's immune system to keep up and for us to create an effective treatment / cure.

My second question is whether vaccines are our best hope to combat them, or if there is any promising research that may lead to actual cures for them.

A major issue is finding good targets for a drug. Viruses are fundamentally much less “complicated” than bacteria are. A bacterium must be able to all things necessary for life: copy, transcribe, and translate its genome, carry out metabolism, etc etc. While these activities parallel what happens in human cells, the molecular machines that carry them out tend to be quite distinct. In addition, bacteria have cell membranes that are chemically distinct from human cells. Together, this means that there are a number of possible drug targets that should be specific for bacteria and relatively harmless in humans.



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