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Posted Mon Feb 23 2009: from New York Times:
Antibodies Offer a New Path for Fighting Flu
In a discovery that could radically change how the world fights influenza, researchers have engineered antibodies that protect against many strains of the virus, including even the 1918 Spanish flu and the H5N1 bird flu. The discovery, experts said, could lead to the development of a flu vaccine that would not have to be changed yearly. And the antibodies already developed can be injected as a treatment, going after the virus in ways that drugs like Tamiflu do not. Clinical trials to prove that the antibodies are safe in humans could begin within three years, a researcher estimated.... "It's not yet at the point of practicality, but the concept is really quite interesting." The work is so promising that Dr. Fauci's institute will offer the researchers grants and access to its ferrets, which can catch human flu.
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