Eugene Wu

Eugene Wu, associate professor of biology and biochemistry, studies viruses and can comment on potential antivirals that could work against this year's virus.

"With the world in desperate need of life-saving treatments for the thousands of infected persons around the world, we can’t wait for the development of a new drug that would take years to reach the clinic," said Wu. "Laboratory tests have shown that a drug called remdesivir is highly effective at inhibiting the RNA copying machine of several different coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent for COVID-19. Even at low doses that do not harm cells, remdesivir prevents coronaviruses from replicating in human cells and in mice."

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