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A potential precursor to a coronavirus drug has been found in a molecule that biochemist Ville Paavilainen has been investigating a molecule since 2014. Much to the surprise of even Paavilainen himself. “Had we been forced to begin our work without previously acquired knowledge on other coronaviruses at the beginning of the outbreak, we would be years behind our current situation. You can never know in advance which discovery will turn out to be useful in the end,” Paavilainen points out.
COVID-19: A drug lead molecule studied by Viikki Biochemists may help in the fight | University of Helsinki helsinki.fi

Since 2014, Ville Paavilainen’s laboratory has been investigating a molecule, which now shows promise in targeting the new coronavirus.