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As the nation copes with a shortage of vaccines for H1N1 influenza, a team of Alabama researchers have raised hopes that they have found an Achilles' heel for all strains of the flu -- antioxidants.
The researchers made this discovery by conducting three sets of experiments using the M2 protein and the lung protein they damage.
First, frog eggs were injected with the lung protein alone to measure its function. Second, researchers injected frog eggs with both the M2 protein and the lung protein and found that the function of the lung protein was significantly decreased. Using molecular biology techniques, scientists isolated the segment of the M2 protein responsible for the damage to the lung protein. Then they demonstrated that without this segment, the protein was unable to cause damage. Third, the full M2 protein (with the "offending" segment intact) and the lung protein were then re-injected into the frog eggs along with drugs known to remove oxidants. This too prevented the M2 protein from causing damage to the lung protein. These experiments were repeated using cells from human lungs with exactly the same results.
"and as Thanksgiving approaches, this discovery is another reason to drink red wine to your health."
Originally posted by andy1033
Do not care what red wine does, disgusting to me, and i never drink.
People love doing these stories, to justify why they drink.
Originally posted by Rikhart
Then take vitamin c, or somesuch? Or are you ignorant to the fact there are many, MANY, sources of antioxidants?
Originally posted by anotherdad
Just kidding, I've been pumping airborne myself. Along with green tea since beer doesn't have any antioxidents.
Originally posted by Zandermander
Kiwifoot.....am still chuckling....
Gives me just one more reason to enjoy that medicinal glass or two!!!
Without offering up inappropriately either.....