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Antiviral Activity of Natural Products Extracted from Marine Organisms

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Author(s): Bushra Uzair | Zahra Mahmood | Sobia Tabassum

Journal: BioImpacts
ISSN 2228-5652

Volume: 1;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 203;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Marine Life-Forms | Antiviral Compounds | Pharmacology | HIV

ABSTRACT
Many epidemics have broken out over the centuries. Hundreds and thousands of humans have died over a disease. Available treatments for infectious diseases have always been limited. Some infections are more deadly than the others, especially viral pathogens. These pathogens have continuously resisted all kinds of medical treatment, due to a need for new treatments to be developed. Drugs are present in nature and are also synthesized in vitro and they help in combating diseases and restoring health. Synthesizing drugs is a hard and time consuming task, which requires a lot of man power and financial aid. However, the natural compounds are just lying around on the earth, may it be land or water. Over a thousand novel compounds isolated from marine organisms are used as antiviral agents. Others are being pharmacologically tested. Today, over forty antiviral compounds are present in the pharmacological market. Some of these compounds are undergoing clinical and pre-clinical stages. Marine compounds are paving the way for a new trend in modern medicine.
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