• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 4 comments on Could an Ebola Treatment Already Exist?

  1. Although it is possible that the investigator screened all of these compounds in his lab I doubt it. If this is the same work as described in the Boston Globe last week then someone should give attribution to the company I work for (Horizon Discovery) that performed the experimental work for that study. The first author in the article referenced was an employee at Horizon.

    1. It looks like Olinger is the senior author, indicating he provided the funding and primary supervision of experimental design and analysis. In that case, this is a fair write up. Keep in mind it’s also a puff piece for BU PR.

  2. “Viagra was originally a heart treatment drug before its effectiveness against erectile dysfunction was discovered” Viagra was never an approved heart treatment drug. There have been some preliminary and some ongoing studies investigating where compounds with chemical structures similar to Viagra have some beneficial effects on symptoms experienced by heart failure patients but Viagra was never a heart treatment drug.

  3. Ethical ?

    If there is an active outbreak that is frequently fatal, and mostly fatal in the outbreak zone, is it ethical to attempt direct human treatments now? Is it ethical to withhold direct human treatments now?

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