Volume 95 Issue 17 | p. 8 | Concentrates
Issue Date: April 24, 2017

Frog mucus peptide kills flu virus

Biomolecule breaks the H1 influenza virus apart without hurting human cells, making it a promising antiviral candidate
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: biochemistry, frog, mucus, peptide, influenza

The slimy mucus that coats the skin of an Indian frog contains peptides that destroy the H1 influenza virus, according to a team of researchers led by Joshy Jacob of Emory University. One of these flu-killing peptides appears to be harmless to human cells, making it a promising antiviral candidate to fight the flu ­(Immunity 2017, DOI: 10.1016/j.immuni.2017.03.018). . . .

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