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A single antibody has been found to prevent the influenza virus from taking hold of host cells, as well as cure animals that are already infected, UT San Diego reported.

Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., examined thousands of proteins in order to identify the antibody. After analyzing the influenza virus in its 3-D crystalline form, the scientists discovered the antibody attacks a structure of the virus that is used to take hold of healthy cells.

Study author Ian Wilson, a professor of structural biology at Scripps, said this discovery of focused binding has

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[quote]"Clearly, the holy grail is a universal flu vaccine, and this is another important step toward that,
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And then 10 years from now...a super resistant strain of the virus is detected. MANKIND HAS 1 YEAR TO LIVE.
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I thought the same thing. The flu sucks, but a drug-resistant flu is even worse. Of course, I'd love to see them produce a drug that doctors could prescribe to patients with a high risk for complications.

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[quote name='-Razorfold' timestamp='1347895691' post='595183239']And then 10 years from now...a super resistant strain of the virus is detected. MANKIND HAS 1 YEAR TO LIVE.[/quote]
Captain Trips?

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A single antibody has been found to prevent the influenza virus from taking hold of host cells, as well as cure animals that are already infected, UT San Diego reported.

Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., examined thousands of proteins in order to identify the antibody. After analyzing the influenza virus in its 3-D crystalline form, the scientists discovered the antibody attacks a structure of the virus that is used to take hold of healthy cells.

Study author Ian Wilson, a professor of structural biology at Scripps, said this discovery of focused binding has

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[quote name='-Razorfold' timestamp='1347895691' post='595183239']
And then 10 years from now...a super resistant strain of the virus is detected. MANKIND HAS 1 YEAR TO LIVE.
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Of course. Mother Nature is always two steps ahead of us.

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