Any good meds 4 colds

Jay Mone' jmone at MARAUDER.MILLERSV.EDU
Fri Aug 8 07:15:28 EST 1997


Cold viruses actually are rather stable viruses, and don't mutate with 
high frequency.  The real obstacles to a vaccine for the common cold 
are:

1.  There are over 100 serotypes of virus which have only limited 
croos-reactivity.  A vaccine would need to be able to neutralize all 
or most of the vaccines found in a particular geographic area.  A 
formidible task.

2.  Colds are nuisances, but are not life-threatening or even severely 
debilitating.  No drug company is going to invest the 50 - 100 million 
dollars it would take to develop a vaccine against a relatively 
insignificant virus.  Besides, the same companies are making billions 
per year on ineffective over the counter cold meds.  Simple economics 
dictates which way the company will go.

Jay Mone'



More information about the Cellbiol mailing list