Stephen Fried’s Research Could Help Fight SARS, MERS, and Zika

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Stephen Fried, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, is helping lead a study of a virus’s RNA called the slippery sequence that may hold a key to destroying not only SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, but perhaps many other harmful viruses that infect humans. “The reason we’re so excited about this idea is because during this slipping of the ribosome, the virus is actually at the mercy of our cells.” Read the full story in the fall 2020 issue of Arts & Sciences Magazine.