Scientists find a possible new means to battle the flu.
WiredPRNews – Scientists have made a discovery that can possibly be the catalyst for the development of advanced treatments and preventative medicines for the flu, as reported by HealthDay News. Dr. Wayne A. Marasco, who teaches at Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is quoted in the report as stating, “We identified new human antibodies that inactivate influenza, not just bird flu, but any of the seasonal influenza viruses that affect us in the winter.”
Marasco further notes that drugs may be derived from the antibodies as well as a long-term vaccination for the flu, and is quoted as also stating, “These antibodies do not replace the flu vaccine… But the exciting part is, this gives us a new approach to vaccine development. This is a new area that is highly conserved, and the viruses do not appear to easily undergo change in their genetic code to escape the antibodies directed against them.”
Information about the study can be found in the February 22 online edition of Nature Structural and Molecular Biology.