Fraunhofer iCAIRTM is breaking new ground in the development of antiviral drugs

Each year, about one billion people worldwide are affected by influenza epidemics, over five million of these with serious outcomes. Anti-influenza vaccines are available; however, they are not always effective because, as a survival strategy, the viruses keep modifying their surface structures, thereby evading previously effective vaccines. In the research consortium Fraunhofer iCAIRTM German and Australian scientists are now breaking new paths in the development of anti-infective therapies: they develop antiviral drugs and test their efficacy in precision-cut lung slices (PCLS) – vital human lung slices which allow the early phases of viral lung infection to be modeled in the laboratory.

Quelle: IDW Informationsdienst Wissenschaft