One flu vaccine to rule them all

Monday, February 23, 2009

Winter, spring, summer, fall. It seems like no matter the season, it’s always time to get the newest version of the flu shot. Well, times may be achangin'. Scientists who were looking for a way to annihilate the Avian flu have stumbled upon a protein that halts both the Avian and seasonal flu. Are the consequent rumors of a universal flu vaccine justified? The Takeaway is joined by Wayne Marasco, M.D., one of the lead authors on the research article that appeared online just yesterday.

If you're in the mood for some dense reading (or if you want to get in touch with your inner molecular biologist), read the article abstract, Structural and functional bases for broad-spectrum neutralization of avian and human influenza A viruses

Guests:

Wayne A. Marasco, M.D.

Contributors:

Molly Webster

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