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Researchers at Auburn say they have potential treatment for Ebola

As the Ebola virus continues to take its grip in West Africa, researchers in a lab at Auburn University are getting some attention.  

They say they've developed a potential treatment. Unfortunately, it's not coming together fast enough to help with this outbreak.

But after seven years of study, researchers there say they've developed a promising new compound designed to fight viruses that turn off the body's immune system. 

"Ebola breaks down the immune system and that causes its dramatic effects. We're trying to block the process by which Ebola turns off the immune response," says Stewart Schneller, a professor of chemistry, and biochemistry.

The discovery at Auburn University is set to be published in an upcoming chemistry journal, and the compound is now at the center of extensive studies by the National Institutes of Health.  

The study will be published in an upcoming issue of the ‘Bio-organic and Medicinal Chemistry Journal’.

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