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Broad-acting antibody brings researchers one step closer to a universal flu shot

A universal flu vaccine is high on the wishlists of most immunologists, virologists — and even funding agencies. This week US National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins told USAToday that he’s “guardedly optimistic” that such a long-term shot will be developed within the next five years. That timeline could be aided by a report out today in Science that a single antibody is capable of inactivating all subtypes of influenza A. 


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