Developed at UC San Diego more than a decade ago, brincidofovir takes on Ebola
With the Ebola crisis ongoing, much attention is focused upon finding a drug capable of slowing — if not stopping — the infectious, deadly and terrifying virus. One of the drugs being tried is brincidofovir, a compound with a decidedly unwieldy name that was discovered more than a decade ago by researchers at UC San Diego. Brincidofovir wasn’t invented to fight Ebola — the scientists were actually looking for a new way to fend off the menace of bioterrorism — but it may represent one of the best chances yet to conquer a virus that has killed more than 4,500 people, almost all in stricken West Africa.
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