UMD May Have Cracked Cold Case

Common cold a formidable foe for researchers

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Researchers at the University of Maryland may have cracked the case of the common cold.

Scientists at the med school have pieced together the cold's genetic code. They're putting the information into what they call a "family tree," which helps them figure out how some viruses are related and how they interact.

The findings could lead to a cold vaccine and help develop medicines that are based on a patient's specific strain of cold virus.

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