interferon beta


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Recent Examples on the Web The other three are chloroquine; a combination of lopinavir and ritonavir; and a combination of lopinavir, ritonavir, and interferon beta. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Fujifilm antiviral drug emerges as a promising underdog in the coronavirus treatment race," 28 Mar. 2020 Ritonavir/lopinavir + interferon beta SOLIDARITY will also have an arm that combines the two antivirals with interferon-beta, a molecule involved in regulating inflammation in the body that also has shown an effect in marmosets infected with MERS. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "WHO launches global megatrial of the four most promising coronavirus treatments," 22 Mar. 2020 The drugs to be tested are the antiviral drug remdesivir; a combination of two HIV drugs, lopinavir and ritonavir; lopinavir and ritonavir plus interferon beta; and the antimalarial drug chloroquine. Helen Branswell, STAT, "WHO to launch multinational trial to jumpstart search for coronavirus drugs," 18 Mar. 2020 More research is needed and the interferon beta protein will need safety clearance through trials before it can be used to treat patients. Puja Bhattacharjee, CNN, "Cancer drugs grown in chicken eggs may lower their cost," 17 Oct. 2017

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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“Interferon beta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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Medical Definition of interferon beta

: beta interferon Derived from genetically modified hamster cells, the drug is identical to the human body's own interferon beta, which acts to suppress wayward immune responses.Scientific American, January 1999

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