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'Mutant flu' could lead to more effective vaccine: study
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Experiments in lab animals have shown signs of success for a newly engineered flu virus that may lead one day to a more effective vaccine, researchers said Thursday. The World Health Organization considers the flu a major public health concern because it infects up to five million people with severe illness each year and causes up to 650,000 deaths. "Because the variations of seasonal influenza viruses can be unpredictable, current vaccines may not provide effective protection against them," said senior author Ren Sun, a professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). read more
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