Compound that fights MERS virus found

May 31, 2014 - 5:44:41 am

GENEVA: Scientists have identified a compound that can fight coronaviruses, responsible for the SARS and MERS outbreaks, which currently have no cure.

The team of scientists led by Edward Trybala from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and Volker Thiel from the University of Bern screened 16,671 compounds before realising that a compound called K22 could combat a weak form of coronavirus that causes mild cold-like symptoms. They then went on to show that it can fight more serious stra