The microscope images above show that DRACO -“Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) Activated Caspase Oligomerizer”- successfully treats viral infections. In the left set of four photos, rhinovirus (the common cold virus) kills untreated human cells (lower left), whereas DRACO has no toxicity in uninfected cells (upper right) and cures an infected cell population (lower right). Similarly, in the right set of four photos, dengue hemorrhagic fever virus kills untreated monkey cells (lower left), whereas DRACO has no toxicity in uninfected cells (upper right) and cures an infected cell population (lower right).
(I urgently need a flask full of DRACO right now)
Via MIT news
Another course at Iversity that may appeal to many readers of Science is Beauty: DNA - From Structure to Therapy:
This course takes students onto a journey from DNA molecules that feature prominently crime series such as CSI, to genetically modified foods and cancer therapy. Curiosity and high school biology are prerequisites for this course.
Course taught by Dr. Susanne Illenberger, University Lecturer of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Jacobs University Bremen.