A step to­wards univer­sal flu vac­cine

Focus-Science and Technology - - Discoveries - Cre­ated a nanopar­ti­cle vac­cine that tar­gets the part of the virus that mu­tates the least.

IF YOU HATE go­ing for an an­nual flu jab, there’s hope on the hori­zon. Flu vac­cines need to be up­dated ev­ery year to cope with new flu strains, caused by ge­netic mu­ta­tions in the in­fluenza virus. But now medics at Amer­ica’s Na­tional In­sti­tute of Al­lergy and In­fec­tious Diseases have

An­ti­bod­ies pro­duced by the vac­cine didn’t stop mice and fer­rets catching flu, but they did pre­vent most of the an­i­mals dy­ing from a nor­mally lethal dose of H5N1 in­fluenza.

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