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They have discovered anti-bodies that neutralise multiple strains of the influenza virus, and a so-called "pan-therapy" or broad-spectrum vaccine could be just five years away.
The findings have been published in Nature Magazine.
Dr Robert Liddington from the Burnham Institute in California says researchers gave mice lethal doses of the H5N1 bird flu, then injected them with the antibodies.
"We were surprised and actually delighted to find that these antibodies also neutralised a majority of other influenza viruses including most of the regular seasonal flus," Dr Liddington said.
Each year around 500,000 people around the world die from the flu.
The World Health Organisation is warning that the next widespread flu outbreak is overdue.
The difficulty with developing a flu vaccine is that the virus mutates into different strains, so the vaccine developers have to play catch-up.
In simple terms, regular anti-bodies usually bond to the outer surface of a virus but that surface mutates leading to different strains of the virus.
But the newly discovered anti-bodies bind to a much more stable region of the virus just below the surface.
Originally posted by ravenshadow13
reply to post by asmeone2
Hahaha, the vaccine is a lie! I'm sure it exists, but I don't think it would be a good idea. I get what you mean. I highly highly doubt that we could ever eradicate influenza. It mutates too fast and there are too many strains, and it spreads too fast on a global scale.
Scientists have recent evidence of Earth microbes surviving a few years in space. When the Apollo 12 astronauts landed on the moon, they retrieved a camera from Surveyor 3, an unmanned lander that had touched down nearly three years prior. Earthly microbes – including those associated with the common cold — were still living inside the camera box.
If everyone suddenly starts getting vaccinated against it then it will mutate to get around the new defence and could become something much worse and much more dangerous.
...media reports on the antibody treatment describe in today's Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, "Structural and functional bases for broad-spectrum neutralization of avian and human influenza A viruses" paper unrealistically raise expectations and misrepresent the data presented in the paper. These media myths are repeated and create many misconceptions, which can be significant downside in the management of seasonal and pandemic influenza. They create an illusion of a near term universal vaccine that can lead to a single injection that will give long term protection against a wide range of influenza's, including various seasonal flu serotypes and pandemic influenza.
...the paper does not describe a universal vaccine. It describes a panel of monoclonal antibodies that can provide protection from an influenza challenge in mice treated before or after infection. The data on treatment prior to infection is for one day, while the longest time period reported post infection was 3 days.
...The antibodies described in the paper are not vaccines. A vaccine would be the "Achilles heel" that would be injected into hosts to achieve long term immunity against a variety of challenges.
...However, the media myths suggest that a single injection can provide long term (lifetime?) protection, which is not supported by the data in the paper, or data for other therapeutic or prophylactic monoclonal antibodies. Similarly, the reduced activity against existing isolates suggests that resistance will develop.
Originally posted by ravenshadow13
I blame the superviruses on the antibacterial soaps, Purell, antibacterial plastics, antibacterial wipes, and people who don't finish their doses of antibiotics. That might just be me, though ^_^