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Human Rhinovirus C15 Model Suggests Novel Topography

October 29, 2013

Two faces of the common cold. The protein coat of the “missing link” cold virus, Rhinovirus C (right), has significant differences from the more observable and better studied Rhinovirus A. Those differences explain why no effective drugs have yet been devised to thwart the common cold.

In a pair of landmark studies that exploit the genetic sequencing of the “missing link” cold virus, rhinovirus C, scientists at UW-Madison have constructed a three-dimensional model of the pathogen that shows why there is no cure yet for the common cold.

credit: University of Wisconsin – Madison