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Pocket Feature Shared by Deadly Coronaviruses Could Lead to Pan-Coronavirus Antiviral Treatment

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Photo: Christiane Schaffitzel and Christine Toelzer, University of Bristol

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Scientists have discovered why some coronaviruses are more likely to cause severe disease, which has remained a mystery, until now. Researchers of the University of Bristol-led study, published in Science Advances today [23 November], say their findings could lead to the development of a pan-coronavirus treatment to defeat all coronaviruses—from the 2002 SARS-CoV outbreak to Omicron, the current variant of SARS-CoV-2, as well as dangerous variants that may emerge in future.

In this new study, an international team, led by Bristol’s Professor Christiane Schaffitzel, scrutinised the spike ...