Viral Infections Could Be Targeted With Dieting Drugs

Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center and Princeton University are saying that anti-obesity drugs could also be used against viral infections including the flu and HIV.

Many viruses infect human cells by using fatty acids to build up their outer coatings. By using anti-obesity drugs to break down fatty acids, researchers were able to successfully supress viral replication. Additional testing is being done, but these results published in the journal Nature Biotechnology offer new hope in combating viral infections.

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