IBM Is Developing a Super Molecule to Destroy All Viruses

Researchers found what all viruses have in common and created a therapy that should work on any kind, and will outsmart viral mutation.

Photomicrographs of the drug AZT, which is thought to help prevent the replication of HIV. If IBM's new method proves effective, it will do so much more than just prevent viral replication; it could clear it from the body. (Image: Larry Ostby / National C

If you lined up everything alive on the planet today and counted them one-by-one, you’d find that viruses are the most common creatures by far. Pervasive, pathogenic varieties are notoriously hard to treat, as the recent Ebola outbreak and the Zika pandemic attest. Why is that? Well first off, they are incredibly small, a hundred times smaller than your average human cell. Though they cannot take the immune system head on, they can infiltrate your body, hijack cells and use them to replicate.

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