07 Feb '11, 10pm

Scientists successfully tested a universal flu vaccine that could work against all known strains of the illness

LONDON - Scientists at the Oxford University have successfully tested a universal flu vaccine that could work against all known strains of the illness, taking a significant step in the fight against a disease that affects billions of people each year. Unlike traditional vaccine, the treatment - using a new technique and tested for the first time on humans infected with flu - targets a different part of the flu virus. Developed by a team led by Dr Sarah Gilbert at Oxford's Jenner Institute, the vaccine targets proteins inside the flu virus that are common across all strains, instead of those that sit on the virus' external coat, which are liable to mutate. And while traditional vaccines prompt the body to create antibodies, Dr Gilbert's vaccine boosts the number of the body's T-cells, which can identify and destroy body cells that have been infected by a virus. If used wide...

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