Studying COVID-19's envelope protein

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A likeness between genes of the SARS and COVID-19 viruses could inform research into potential treatments.
Understanding any similarities between SARS and COVID-19 inflammation could help in a clinical setting. A protein in the viruses causing COVID-19 and SARS is almost identical. Researchers propose testing if targeting COVID-19 with FDA-approved drugs, already tested in mice infected with SARS, could improve the outcomes for COVID-19 patients experiencing severe respiratory symptoms.

The finding was a collaborative effort from teams at KAUST following a comparison of Betacoronavirus genomes. "We have long-standing expertise in analyzing genomic data at KAUST's Computational Bioscience Research Center," says molecular biologist, Takashi Gojobori.

Gojobori, Carlos M. Duarte and a team of scientists compared the genomes of 24 Betacoronaviruses, including four SARS-CoV-2 viruses, which causes COVID-19. Two of the four were sequenced in the United States, while the other two were sequenced in…
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