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Stalk antibodies provide flu protection in humans

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  • Stalk antibodies provide flu protection in humans

    A universal flu vaccine that could prevent a potential influenza pandemic has been a holy grail for epidemiologists around the world ever since the first flu vaccines were developed in 1938. Now, an international team of researchers from the University of Michigan, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and other institutions believe they could bring the scientific community a step closer to developing one after proving that targeting a specific area of the flu virus does protect humans.
    Their study is published in the June issue of Nature Medicine.

    ?Our research is the first to demonstrate that scientists are right in attempting to develop antibodies that target this specific location as a novel universal influenza virus vaccine candidate,? said Aubree Gordon, a professor of epidemiology at U-M?s School of Public Health. ?This study addresses an important gap and provides information to support the further development of novel influenza virus vaccines.?


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