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Our image SB4436 (Ebola Virus) is featured in the following article from NPR:
Ebola Drug Could Be Ready For Human Testing Next Year
by Richard Harris/NPR
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is terrifying because there’s no drug to treat this often fatal disease. But the disease is so rare, there’s no incentive for big pharmaceutical companies to develop a treatment.
Even so, some small companies, given government incentives, are stepping into that breach. The result: More than half a dozen ideas are being pursued actively.
And these are boon days for drugs that can treat viruses. Think of treatments for AIDS and Hepatitis C.
Potential treatments for Ebola pursue many strategies. These include conventional drugs, custom-built antibodies, and vaccines that are designed not simply to prevent the spread of a disease, but to treat it in people who are in the early stages of infection.
Each idea has shown some promise in animals. But nothing has yet passed critical human testing, so there’s nothing ready to be tried during the current outbreak.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is hopeful about this multipronged approach, but says, “I think it’s really too early to make a prediction about what is the more or less promising one among them.”
One challenge is that there are several different species and strains of Ebola-like viruses, so there may not be a one-size-fits-all solution.
But one experimental drug could conceivably fit that bill. It’s called BCX4430. Travis Warren at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases lab in Frederick, Md., has been working on this antiviral drug.
"It worked great against both Ebola virus and [the closely related] Marburg virus" when tested in mice, he says. It also protected guinea pigs from these viruses and yellow fever.
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Lupita Nyong’o attends the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014

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