16 April 2014
Vol 6, Issue 232

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ONLINE COVER Ferreting Out a New Drug for Measles. A small molecule drug that targets the viral RNA polymerase of the measles virus has shown therapeutic potential for combating this disease in a ferret animal model (Krumm et al.). Although there is an effective vaccine for measles, 95% or more of the population needs to be vaccinated in order to ensure herd immunity. A new drug that could be used in combination with vaccination would ensure that measles does not undergo a resurgence in regions where people are refusing vaccination. [CREDIT: JOAN CANTO/ISTOCKPHOTO]