New Discovery Can Kill COVID With ‘Hugs’—but There’s a Catch

Scientists have identified a molecule that just loves SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It loves it so much that it “hugs” it, practically to death. The discovery of this molecule, a so-called “HR2 peptide,” is a big deal. It could form the basis of a new kind of antiviral drug. But it’s one thing to identify a molecule in an academic study, it’s another to create a drug based on that molecule.

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