Can This Man Beat the Flu with a Single Universal Vaccine?

Walter Fiers found a protein segment on the influenza virus that could lead to a universal flu vaccine, which would end seasonal shots and provide pandemic protection

the 77-year-old Fiers believes that he has found his adversary's Achilles' heel: although the virus is good at disguising its pawns, there is one on its coat that it cannot change. That pawn, the external part of a protein called M2, should be the target for vaccination, he says. Full Story »

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Oct. 1, 2008

The story is upbeat and hopeful. If one reads 100 stockholders reports of biotech firms, one can read a lot of upbeat and hopeful stories. That makes it hard to get too excited about one more, until a vaccine is shown to be successful in phase III tests.

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Min Yee
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by Min Yee - Oct. 1, 2008

This article was extremely informative and wellwritten. It felt good to read it.

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Paul Peete
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by Paul Peete - Oct. 1, 2008

Influenza 101; as the flu genetic structure is explained in terms a high school science student can comprehend, however therein lies its flaw. The lack of clinical trial data or sufficient evidence of effectiveness renders this piece silver bullet speculation.

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Myrna E. Watanabe
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by Myrna E. Watanabe - Oct. 1, 2008

This is good, standard, scientific journalism, written for a reader with a greater than average education. It states the problem, the solution, and the possible problems with the solution. My only quibble, and that's more style than substance, is the lede is a non sequitur. I want it here and now, without the nonsense of the pseudointellectual lede. But that's the in style now. Sigh! I would have liked more background about influenza A, but it probably would be longer than the word limit. Another loss in these short, targetted articles.

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Harry A Farr
4.6
by Harry A Farr - Oct. 1, 2008

A well written article about the process and possible development of a vaccine.

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