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H9N2 Vax Protects Against H1N1, H5N1 in Birds, Mammals

 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:47 am    Post subject: H9N2 Vax Protects Against H1N1, H5N1 in Birds, Mammals Reply with quote

We chose genes from H9N2 influenza for the vaccine because the virus can infect many different animals, including chickens, mice and pigs," said Professor Perez. "A very important limitation in the current design of flu vaccines is that they are usually species specific. Our approach involves a universal backbone that can be used in several different species, including humans."

More importantly, this live attenuated virus provided effective protection when it was administered to birds before they had hatched.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-10/sfgm-bfv101708.php
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