Re: Pleconaril

From: Doug Jones (
Date: Sat Jan 15 2000 - 22:29:59 MST

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:
> The cure for the common cold! Here at last!
> > Pleconaril is the latest, and one of the most impressive, examples
> > of this new way of creating medicines. It is an exquisitely precise
> > sort of monkey wrench. The drug fits neatly into a groove on the
> > surface of the virus, gumming up the machinery it needs to infect the
> > body's cells.

But isn't the coat protein of the common cold very mutable?
Pleconaril-resistant strains will arise very quickly, and back to square

Doug Jones
Rocket Plumber, XCOR Aerospace

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