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Despite thalidomide’s dark past, researchers are investigating it as a COVID-19 treatment

Professor Neil Vargesson is Professor in Developmental Biology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

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          In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, researchers have turned to existing medicines to see whether they can be repurposed to treat COVID-19. Antiviral medicines such as remdesivir and favipiravir that prevent the virus from reproducing itself are amongst many medicines being tested. Some cough syrups are even being investigated. And surprisingly, the drug thalidomide is also being ...

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