Mother Nature is at it again. For years we’ve been on high alert for bird flu (and lots of money has been spent researching ways to stop it), but now here comes a curve ball called swine flu.
We’ve already seen plenty of good resources online for finding information about this particular strain. (You might start with the CDC page on the topic.)
For our part, we’d like to point folks to a January 2008 story we did called "Universal Flu Vaccine." Ongoing research at the NIH offers the tantalizing prospect of one flu shot that lasts a lifetime. They say such a universal vaccine could even protect against strains of flu that haven’t happened yet.
[If you cannot see the flash video below, you can click here for a high quality mp4 video.]
Interviewee: Gary Nabel, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
Other ScienCentral News flu stories:
Amid the news of a $23-million dollar court settlement by the makers of Airborne (a supplement that’s earned hundreds of millions of dollars in sales with the claim that it boosts the immune system) biomedical engineers are publishing research on a powder that could turn out to be the real thing.
A new type of drug can disable dangerous viruses by switching off specific genes. The federal government is backing efforts to develop these drugs against an influenza pandemic or a bioterror attack.
Making Killer Flu
The Centers for Disease Control says it will deliberately combine the deadly bird flu virus that’s circulating in Asia with human influenza viruses to understand whether and how it might cause a pandemic.
With flu season approaching, this year’s batch of vaccines is in high demand. But, we may not need them in the future.
Bird Flu Clues
Some virus researchers are trying to stop avian flu by figuring out how it spreads to other birds and eventually to people.
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