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Study finds body’s potential universal flu defense

Posted Jun 30 2010 9:20am

Tests on mice suggest these immune system proteins could help most people survive a normally lethal dose of flu virus, the team at the University of Wisconsin and Seattle-based Theraclone Sciences said.

“The ability of these antibodies to protect mice from highly lethal strains of influenza is encouraging,” said Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a flu expert at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Tokyo who worked on the study, said in a statement.

“Such antibodies may be especially useful during outbreaks of newly emerging, highly pathogenic influenza viruses.”

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