Certain compounds may block coronavirus from cells, UF Health researcher finds

Computer simulations run by a University of Florida Health researcher have shown that three compounds appear to have the potential to block cells from being infected by the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

The next step involves validation of the findings by David A. Ostrov, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UF College of Medicine’s department of pathology, immunology & laboratory medicine and the Targeted Therapeutics Program leader at the UF Health Cancer Center.

The simulations were run at the request of the Global Virus Network, an international group of scientists who are working together to combat viral disease.

Ostrov explains his findings in a video available here: https://youtu.be/vIQUfNR2c-o Or https://www.dropbox.com/s/vxauxrqclmjvb31/Dr.%20Ostov%20final.mov?dl=0

Learn more about UF Health's efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic at Coronavirus.UFHealth.org.

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Doug Bennett joined the UF Health staff in January 2015 as a science writer and editor. His topic areas include anatomy; biochemistry and molecular biology; molecular genetics and microbiology; pathology,...Read More