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Florida Researchers Find Possible COVID-19 Drug Strategy

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in Palm Beach County say they have found a possible way for drugs to treat COVID-19.

Led by Matthew Disney, a chemistry professor at Scripps' Jupiter campus, the researchers did this by offering a map for how to complicate the coronavirus' ability to replicate, the Palm Beach Postreports.

Their findingsfrom the proof-of-concept study were published Wednesday inACS Central Science, an open-access peer-reviewed scientific journal.

The study focused on a site within the coronavirus, called its frameshifting element, that is critical in how the virus replicates itself using RNA genetic material after infecting a cell. The element functions like a clutch in a car, enabling the production of different proteins that help the coronavirus make copies of itself, according to Scripps.