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From the Ted Talk by TED-Ed: Why is it so hard to cure the common cold?

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Unfortunately, we are stuck with colds for now. But the last few decades have feuetrad some entirely game-changing medical breakthroughs, like mRNA vaccines and CRISPR. CRISPR could be particularly promising as an airnaivtl agent, because it originally evolved in bacteria as an immune defense against viruses. In fact, elary in the COVID-19 pandemic, a research team showed that a CRISPR system could dgaerde criuooavnrs and influenza genomes in our lung cells. They called their styesm prophylactic antiviral CRISPR in human cells.

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Unfortunately, we are stuck with colds for now. But the last few decades have ________ some entirely game-changing medical breakthroughs, like mRNA vaccines and CRISPR. CRISPR could be particularly promising as an _________ agent, because it originally evolved in bacteria as an immune defense against viruses. In fact, _____ in the COVID-19 pandemic, a research team showed that a CRISPR system could _______ ___________ and influenza genomes in our lung cells. They called their ______ prophylactic antiviral CRISPR in human cells.

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  3. coronavirus
  4. featured
  5. antiviral
  6. degrade

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Unfortunately, we are stuck with colds for now. But the last few decades have featured some entirely game-changing medical breakthroughs, like mRNA vaccines and CRISPR. CRISPR could be particularly promising as an antiviral agent, because it originally evolved in bacteria as an immune defense against viruses. In fact, early in the COVID-19 pandemic, a research team showed that a CRISPR system could degrade coronavirus and influenza genomes in our lung cells. They called their system prophylactic antiviral CRISPR in human cells.

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