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Discovery points to a new path toward a universal flu vaccine

Discovery points to a new path toward a universal flu vaccineTaking advantage of a previously unknown mechanism within the immune system, researchers think they may be able to improve the immune response to the flu vaccine. If successful, this could mean less frequent flu shots that offer broad protection against the many strains of this ever-mutating virus. More »

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In the News – NPR – Casanova

A single gene may determine why some people get so sick with the flu “The study helps explain genetic variation changes the way that people fight off viruses. ‘The response to influenza is genetically impaired,’ says [Jean-Laurent] Casanova. He’s hoping … More »

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Genetic mutation helps explain why, in rare cases, flu can kill

Genetic mutation helps explain why, in rare cases, flu can killA small number of children who catch the influenza virus fall so ill they end up in the hospital even while their family and friends recover easily. New research from Rockefeller helps explain why: a rare genetic mutation that prevents the production of a critical protein, interferon, that is needed to fight off the virus. More »

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