The University of Louisville believes it created a technology to block the coronavirus from impacting human cells.
The story goes:
“The technology is based on a piece of synthetic DNA – an “aptamer” – which targets and binds with a human protein called nucleolin. Early tests show that this aptamer may stop viruses, including novel coronavirus, from “hijacking” nucleolin to replicate inside the body.
UofL is seeking to fast-track development, including application to the Food and Drug Administration for approval to start treating patients seriously affected with COVID-19.” [UofLNews.com]
I do not know the first thing about a vaccine or a technology or how viruses work. In fact, the only way I passed science was by writing the entire periodic table on my left arm underneath my sleeve. So I will not be providing commentary as to the effectiveness of this new technology, if this is something to be excited about, or what it takes to stop COVID-19.
I will, however, raise the question: Do we have to be nice to Louisville if this thing works?
Obviously we are all for whatever technology Louisville has crafted up on its campus. The coronavirus needs to be punched in the mouth and I hope UofL’s new breakthrough found a way to deliver a good blow. In that regard, Go Cards. (My L is up right now in the name of medicine.)
That being said, how nice do we have to be? If this new technology works and saves lives, will this affect how we’re expected to view men’s basketball and football? Do we call it a wash on the Pitino/Jurich stuff?
I ask because I am excited for Louisville and this is a new and confusing feeling to experience. I’m uncomfortable. My up is down and my down is up. The hater in me wanted to tweet “If there’s one place that’s used to dealing with viruses…” or “If Louisville beats COVID how do we know it won’t get vacated a few years later?” but this is much more serious than a sports rivalry. This is good news out of the University of Louisville and hopefully Little Brother’s researchers have cracked a code.
Maybe if this succeeds, they can put their big brains toward finding out how to beat Coach Cal just kidding I’m sorry I shouldn’t have said that you’re doing good stuff Louisville.