Scientists at Rutgers University have identified chemical
agents that can help fight the spread of influenza, including the bird flu, by
preventing the replication of the virus’s cells, the University announced.
According to Eddy Arnold, Board of
Governors Professor of chemistry and chemical biology in the School of Arts and
Sciences at Rutgers, some strains of the flu have developed a resistance to
Tamiflu, which he notes is the only effective oral drug available for combating
Arnold is among a group of scientists
who are in the midst of developing drugs that target specific strains of the
virus and prevent them from multiplying. The method was the same approach used
in development of the anti-AIDS drug, according to the University.