ANW DRACO (Draco Protein)

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ANW DRACO (Draco Protein)

DRACO Protein

DRACO has been tested on 15 viruses so far and succesfully killed the viruses. These viruses include the common cold, but also viruses such as the rhino virus. Investigation on human cells also shows that non-infected cells acted normal with the presence of DRACO. DRACO shows potential to have the same impact as penicillin, but then on viruses.

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When a virus enters your cell, it will copy its genetic material in the infected cell's ribosomes in order to reproduce. The new double stranded RNA is being covered up and a new virus is born. Draco contains PKR, which detects RNA in a infected cell and attaches itself to it. Viruses will not become resistent easily, because the process of making ds-RNA is impossible to avoid in the process of virus reproduction.

DRACO, which stands for Double stranded RNA Activated Caspase Oligomerizer was invented by Todd rider in MIT's laboratory. It is an antiviral protein with a broad spectrum which can be applied to various viruses. Draco is a unique virus-killing machine because it not only recognises viruses, it also forces them to commit suicide. This is very important, because then the cell cannot reproduce. Draco contains PKR and APAF1. PKR takes care of the detection of RNA, which is produced in viruses. APAF1 stimulates the process of caspase, which causes the infected cell to commit suicide.

Apoptososis serves many purposes. When an embryo is made, there are more cells produced than needed. The superfluous cells are destroyed by the process of apoptosis. During the development of the nervous system, half of the neurons die, leaving the proper neural wiring. Apoptisis is also one of our major defence system against cancer, because it kills the infected cells. When APAF-1 in DRACo is activated, it starts a chain of biochemical reactions, which will evenetually lead to death of the infected cell.

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