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Scientists find a quicker way to make antibodies

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posted on May, 1 2008 @ 08:40 AM
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Scientists find a quicker way to make antibodies


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By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO, April 30 (Reuters) - A new process to extract and copy the essential elements of cells that make human antibodies has provided a shortcut to making targeted, infection-fighting proteins known as monoclonal antibodies, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

The process allowed them to make influenza-specific antibodies in as little as a month, and they said the discovery could lead new treatments for other infectious diseases such as hepatitis C, pneumococcal pneumonia or anthrax.

It could even be used in an influenza pandemic to protect health workers until a vaccine could be made, they said.

"With just a few tablespoons of blood, we can now rapidly generate human antibodies that can be used for immunization, diagnosis and treatment of newly emerging strains of influenza," said Patrick Wilson, an immunology researcher at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, whose study appears in the journal Nature.
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posted on May, 1 2008 @ 08:40 AM
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Well this is not only interesting but very good news... it could prevent future disasters like the swine flu fiasco of the late 70's (I had that shot and it made me sicker than a dog) and take the guessing game out of what this years flu strain will be.

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