"Super Antibody" Fights Off Flu, National Institute for Medical Research Study
Published: Jul 29, 2011
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.