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Researchers make progress in treatments for MERS, SARS

Researchers make progress in treatments for MERS, SARS

When a particularly lethal outbreak of a never-before-seen virus began spreading around Saudi Arabia in 2012, a few researchers in Maryland and around the United States already had a jump on the investigation into its origins. That's because they'd been studying and working on treatments for a similar bug that surfaced a decade earlier. The new infection, dubbed Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, was in the same family of viruses that produced severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, responsible for an outbreak in Asia in 2002. The researchers now have promising leads into treatments and even vaccines for these viruses — and whatever comes next. 'We...

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