IIT Roorkee to conduct research for identifying antivirals to combat Coronavirus

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Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Roorkee has confirmed that they will soon start the research to identify antiviral molecules to tackle novel coronavirus.

The study will recognize little particle inhibitors to target key viral replication chemicals that are encoded with Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) of the viral pathogens.

The Science and Engineering Research Board(SERB) has given a green signal to the proposal led by Pravindra Kumar of IIT Roorkee, said statements from the Ministry of Science and Technology and IIT Roorkee.

Kumar said that the study will be made to identify the antiviral molecules that can combat the novel coronavirus. 

Through a computer-aided simulation, the process of identification of the required drug composition will be approached which will be a kind of virtual screening technique to discern the combat potential of the antiviral molecules.

This whole research will be conducted in collaboration with Shailly Tomar of IIT Roorkee and Gaurav Sharma from Indian Veterinary Research Institute(IVRI), Izatnagar.

This research will be funded under the Intensification of Research in High Priority Area(IRHPA) under the guidance of the Department of Science and Technology.

IIT Roorkee Director, Ajit K Chaturvedi said that this study will be a path breaking approach to identify the antiviral molecules to combat COVID-19, while Asutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST said that this study is expected to be more quick and accurate in identifying the potential drug and vaccine components for experimental testings against COVID-19.