Sunday, March 1, 2009

Decoding and fixing flu

Human war against viruses has attained an important milestone with the discovery of lab made human antibodies that can turn off several types of influenza. Scientists claim victory after testing it in mice and promise that a vaccine will soon be available for flu. The modus operandi of the antibodies is to bind with the virus and prevent the pathogen from entering in to a cell. The antibody method will be the best practice to treat and prevent seasonal as well as pandemic occurrence of influenza. Previous techniques used against flu were not effective against seasonal viruses and every time an update was needed just like anti-virus software for computers do. Humans will be tested with this technology in a couple of years. The antibodies are peculiar in nature and a single type of antibody can annihilate different strains of virus. They are called as monoclonal antibodies and could be developed in a laboratory using older techniques. The artificial antibodies might be the perfect shield for the lethal H5N1 bird flu and many other deadly viral flu diseases. Now its time for software engineers to develop a permanent solution for dealing with computer viruses.


Unknown said...

Hello...In reading this post...my thought is...One can only hope!

There is always so much half truths when they disclose information in regards to any type of research.

AS I said ...all we can do is hope for the best!
Thank you for your information.

Have a very nice day!

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