30 Jul '11, 8am

Scientists discover antibody that kills all strains of virus that cause flu pandemics

LONDON - A volunteer in a medical study who had an unusual reaction to the flu virus could hold the key to developing a vaccine that protects against all pandemic strains of the infection, scientists said. Tests conducted on a group of people who had either been infected with or vaccinated against the flu revealed one participant who produced a "super-antibody" that could fight off every strain of influenza A, the virus responsible for mass outbreaks of the illness. The person produced too little of the super-antibody to make them immune to the flu, but scientists believe they can boost its effect, and use it to make vaccines against the virus. In preliminary tests, researchers showed that injecting mice and ferrets with the super-antibody protected the animals against doses of influenza that would normally be lethal. The study appears in the journal, Science. "What we can...

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