Friday, May 27, 2011
Has a Cure for the Common Cold Already Been Discovered?
Researchers at University of Wisconsin, University of Maryland, and the Craig Venter Institute, recently announced that they have decoded the elusive genetic blueprints of the common cold, essentially demystified the enigma behind how all the viral strains are related to one another, thus enabling them to hone in on the culprit: the rhinoviruses. The findings of this study, published in the Feb. 12, 2011 issue of Science journal, explains the nature of the human rhinovirus. But while this is certainly good news for the millions of men, women, and children who contract the opportunistic virus (twice a year on average for adults, and up to ten times a year for children), many wonder why is it that with all the scientific advances in recent decades, a cure for this commonly-contracted disease wasn't found long ago? After all, any number of deadly bacteria-related diseases have been cured, why not the common cold virus? Read more . . .