Powerful New Approach to Attack Flu Virus

An international research team has manufactured a new protein that can combat deadly flu epidemics.

The paper, featured on the cover of the current issue of Nature Biotechnology, demonstrates ways to use manufactured genes as antivirals, which disable key functions of the flu virus, said Tim Whitehead, assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science at Michigan State University.

“Our most potent design has proven effective on the vulnerable sites on many pandemic influenza viruses, including several H1N1 (Spanish flu, Swine flu) and H5N1 (Avian flu) subtypes,” said Whitehead, the paper’s co-lead author. “These new therapeutics are urgently needed, so we were especially pleased to see that it neutralizes H1N1 viruses with potency.”

ScienceDaily

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One response to “Powerful New Approach to Attack Flu Virus

  1. Sounds great. Then what ? What is the next, and worse virus? Oh well, there is still Linus Pauling and his genius. (Two unshared Nobel Prizes – the only person to achieve it). I think he taught us something about ascorbic acid and its potential anti-virus potential? Has anyone noticed? Forget that poorly constructed, designed to fail Mayo “trial”.

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