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1.   It is difficult to make antiviral medicine than making an antibacterial medicine? Why?

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1.   It is difficult to make antiviral medicine than making an antibacterial medicine? Why?

Asked by M.s.srinidhi21 4th March 2015, 6:06 PM
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Hi Srinidhi,

Antibacterial medicines are compounds that interfere with the normal physiological functioning of the bacterial cell and thus kills the bacteria or reduces its reproductive rate.

Viruses are non-living when they are not present in a host cell. Viruses infect host cells and use the host cell machinery for its reproduction. Hence antiviral medicines have to focus on disrupting the physiological functions of the host cells, which if done in humans and animals may kill the non-infected host cells as well, causing fatal complications. Hence it is difficult to create antiviral medicines.

Answered by Expert 4th March 2015, 6:19 PM
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