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Faculty, student research probes antiviral pros of cranberries, fruits

BY ALEX HUMMEL, NOVEMBER 16, 2011

You might want to think twice if you typically pass on the cranberries at Thanksgiving.

While they may be a long way from zeroing in on the smoking gun, a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh student and faculty research collaboration is on the hunt for compounds with antiviral activity in cranberries, other Wisconsin fruits and juices and some more exotic varieties.

“This is definitely very exciting,” said UW Oshkosh Biology and Microbiology Professor Teri Shors. “This work may propel fields forward and speed the translation of research into improved health. It offers a pioneering approach to significant biomedical problems (viral diseases). It also gives mentors and students the freedom to pursue ideas and follow them in expected or unexpected directions. The short-term goal of their research is to develop a nutraceutical with health benefits. The long-term goal is to explore compounds as a potential antiviral drug.”

Read the rest of the story on UW Oshkosh Today.

by Reinke, Heidi L last modified Nov 17, 2011 09:45 AM