Friday, February 13, 2009

Common Cold Unmasked

Researchers have completed genome sequences for all known serotypes of human rhinovirus, the most common cause of the common cold (h/t Scientific American). The sequencing will provide important insights into the evolution of the virus and mechanisms of infection. It may lead to new vaccines and treatments for the common cold.

(image credit: human rhinovirus 16, Jean-Yves Sgro, via www.virology.wisc.edu)