Ebola: Searching for a cure

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AUBURN, Alab. (WSFA) A big find in one of Auburn University’s labs is making waves as Ebola continues to grip the world’s attention. A research team has developed a potential treatment for the deadly virus- one scientists say could help with future outbreaks.

Stewart Schneller and his team of researchers at Auburn University’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department have spent years working to develop new drugs to treat viruses, particularly those that have the ability to turn off the body’s immune system, like Ebola. The team has developed a promising new compound designed to combat that process.

“Ebola breaks down the immune system and that causes its dramatic effects. We’re trying to block the process by which Ebola turns off the immune response,” Schneller explained.

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