Researchers Successfully Develop 3D Image of Common Cold Virus

Researchers Successfully Develop 3D Image of Common Cold VirusRecent reports suggest that researchers have been successfully able to bring out a 3D image of a common cold virus, which has been developed using fastest computer in southern hemisphere. It is being supposed that the image will help develop novel drugs.

It has been recovered that a new super computer, IBM Blue Gene Q, was used by the team of researchers at University of Melbourne to design the 3D image. The supercomputer was handed over to the university earlier this month.

It has been reported that the researchers have imitated the entire genomic sequence of human rhinovirus, due to which 40% of the colds occur.

Professor Michael Parker, who led the research, said, "Rhinovirus was related to a family of viruses that cause serious diseases including polio and meningitis".

The genome sequence will help provide better information regarding the affectivity of a new drug manufactured by Australian company Biota, which has been recommended to stop the infection spread by the virus.

The drug has been proposed to meet the treatment requirements of patients suffering from severe lung disease, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis. These patients are at high risk if they catch a cold: they can even die to it.

The clinical trials for the drug are still under their way.