World Bulletin / News Desk
As an outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) continues to cause concern across in the Middle-East, where it has claimed 193 lives mainly in Saudi Arabia, scientists believe they may have finally found a cure.
An international team of researchers in Switzerland have now said that they may have discovered a compund that can fight the illness by targeting coronaviruses. It may also be a cure for SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which claimed 800 lives in 2002.
Edward Trybala's team of scientists at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has teamed up with Volker Thiel from Switzerland's University of Bern to study possible cures for the illness, which was passed on from camels to humans.
The scientist thus discovered the K22 compound, which seems to block the ability of the virus to spread in humans. According to an article in the specialist journal "PLOS Pathogens", the K22 compound is able to stop the virus from taking over human cell membranes.
Urging the testing of the compound outside the laboratory in medicines, the scientists confirmed that the use of the membrane of the host cell is a crucial step in the life-cycle of the virus.