Monday, November 26, 2012

New vaccine may give lifelong protection from flu - health - 25 November 2012 - New Scientist

New vaccine may give lifelong protection from flu - health - 25 November 2012 - New Scientist

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Trial RNA vaccines have failed, however, after being destroyed rapidly in the blood. But CureVac, a company in Tübingen, Germany, has found that a protein called protamine, binds to mRNA and protects it. It has an mRNA vaccine against prostate and lung cancer tumours in human trials.

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A true universal vaccine for fluMovie Camera, however, would induce immunity to proteins that are the same in all flu viruses, but which flu normally hides from the immune system. Stitz's team made an mRNA vaccine to one such protein from an ordinary seasonal flu. The vaccine not only protected animals from that flu strain, but also from H5N1 bird flu.

Like, wow.

2 comments:

xwifflebottom said...

Interesting article, thanks for sharing.

I also found an interesting article the other day http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=auto-immune-symbiotes-could-be-deployed-to-thwart-cyber-attacks

These rather remind me of the AIs left behind in the system to monitor for separatist activities or even a precursor to a hunter killer AI?

Neal Asher said...

Precursor here to AI immune systems, I guess.