0
1

[–] 9-11 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It should be called anything but a "cure". Like with AIDS and HepC, viral infections can be pushed into dormancy, but no cure will ever occur by the nature of viruses.

0
1

[–] burtzev [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Some viruses "hide" and some don't. Retroviruses such as HIV/FIV/FLV, etc. integrate into the DNA of host cells. Here's an overview of those. A portion of mammalian DNA is, in fact, made up of elements descended from the past integration of various mobile elements of which retroviruses are one type. Hepatitis C is in a different family, the flaviviruses.. Unlike the retroviruses this family doesn't integrate with host DNA. In fact it never enters the cell nucleus unlike Hep B which does but doesn't integrate and rather stays there as a circular piece of DNA. The Hep C virus resembles herpes viruses in its behavior in that respect. The old joke was, " love is temporary, but herpes is forever". So are cold sores and shingles. Now here's what I think. The behavior of either type of virus means that treatment is difficult, especially with the retroviruses. That, however, doesn't mean impossible. The best approach to a "cure" with retroviruses will probably be via genetic modification. In the case of something like Hep C there are more open possibilities. "Cure" in such cases may not involve total elimination of viral genetic material but rather prevention of active replication. If a viruses is 'locked up' in its hidey-hole doomed to forever stay there twiddling its viral thumbs the patient is effectively "cured" if the onset of disease is impossible.

0
0

[–] WhiteRonin 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Or you could target the dna strands to self destruct.

0
0

[–] WhiteRonin 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Ummmm, don’t you love that smell of capitalism and cronyism!

Imagine if hospitals and doctors had to work on a point system and all locations had to charge the same price. Yep regulations! But you wouldn’t have to worry that your visit ended up being 100k!

0
0

[–] derram 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

https://archive.fo/BADEb :

Non-profit’s $300 hepatitis C cure as effective as $84,000 alternative | Science | The Guardian


This has been an automated message.