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Final Report - SEPSDA (Sino-European Project on SARS Diagnostics and Antivirals)

Project ID: 3831
Funded under: FP6-POLICIES


When SARS emerged in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan and Canada in 2003, little was known about the molecular biology of Coronaviruses. In particular, reliable diagnosis was not available (no rapid differential diagnostics) and no therapy existed.

SEPSDA was set up to achieve breakthroughs in both the development of better diagnostics of SARS and structure-based discovery of small molecule compounds with anti-SARS activity. In order to achieve the latter goal, the three dimensional structures of many components of the Coronavirus replicase complex had to be determined. This final report offers a summary of the projects aims and objectives.

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