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    Polish discovery may lead to development of new antiviral therapies

    Scientists from the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw have made a groundbreaking discovery regarding betacoronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2 and MERS.

    Understanding Molecular Diversity

    To combat these viruses effectively, understanding their molecular diversity is crucial. Particularly, the 5′ end of viral RNA holds significant importance in viral protein synthesis.

    The Research

    Led by Professor Janusz Bujnicki, an international team extensively analyzed the RNA sequences of four betacoronaviruses. They employed advanced techniques such as cryo-electron microscopy and computer modeling.

    Key Findings

    Despite differing nucleotide sequences, the researchers identified strikingly similar structural elements in the 5′ end of betacoronavirus RNA.

    Implications for Antiviral Therapies

    This discovery unveils common regulatory features among betacoronaviruses, offering potential targets for broad-spectrum antiviral drugs.

    Professor Bujnicki emphasizes the significance of these findings, suggesting they pave the way for the development of novel antiviral therapies.

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