7/29/2011 7:31:20 AM
The first antibody which can fight all types of the influenza A virus has been discovered, researchers claim. Experiments on flu-infected mice, published in Science Express, showed the antibody could be used as an "emergency treatment". It is hoped the development will lead to a "universal vaccine" - currently a new jab has to be made for each winter as viruses change. Virologists described the finding as a "good step forward".Many research groups around the world are trying to develop a universal vaccine. They need to attack something common to all influenza which does not change or mutate.
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