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February 11, 2021 at 10:20 am

WOUB Interviews Hines on Search for Way to Shut Down Coronavirus

Jennifer Hines, portrait in office

Dr. Jennifer Hines

WOUB’s David Forster interviews Dr. Jennifer Hines in a piece headlined Ohio University Scientists Search For A Way To Shut Down Coronavirus.

Hines is professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Ohio University.

…First, viruses are always mutating, which makes it challenging to treat them. Each significant mutation requires a new vaccine.

However, there are parts of a virus’s genetic code that change very little, including the parts that have to do with replication.

“Viruses don’t let things stay constant unless it’s important,” Hines said, “so the structure of RNA, if it’s kept really constant, probably means that it has a very important function.”

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