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In with sniff of a chance of cold cure.

SCOTS scientists have moved a step closer to finding the elusive cure for the common cold.

A team from Edinburgh Napier University believe a molecule found in the immune systems of humans and animals is an "exciting discovery".

Their five-year study has revealed possible treatments based on antimicrobial peptides that increase the body's natural response to infection.

It found they all have properties that can combat rhinovirus, the main virus responsible for the cold.

Dr Peter Barlow, associate professor of immunology and infection, said: "We will ultimately be looking to develop drug treatments that have the potential to cure the common cold."

The next step will see scientists try to modify the peptide to make it better at killing the rhinovirus.


MISERY A cold sufferer

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 3, 2017
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