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‘Race against the clock’: Scientists testing if existing drugs can fight novel coronavirus right now

A handful of scientists across the globe are working around the clock to determine whether there is an existing drug that could temporarily fight the novel coronavirus.

One of those scientists says they could know in as little as a week if that’s truly possible.

“It really has been a race against the clock,” Nevan Krogan, who is the director of the Quantitative Biosciences Institute, told ABC News correspondent Eva Pilgrim on Wednesday.

In searching for a solution, Krogan is focused not only on the virus, but its host — humans. By doing so, he said he could identify the human cells the virus needs to survive and map out its genes, helping scientists narrow down what to focus on in terms of a solution.


Genomics, Infectious Disease


Gladstone Institutes



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