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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - North Texas researchers are on the brink of revolutionizing the way we fight the flu.

Every year, scientists try to guess which strain of the flu will cause the most people to get sick. They use that particular flu bug to make a flu vaccine. But what if you could get one shot that would tackle every single type of flu?
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“What we are doing is something different,†said Fontoura, explaining her research. “We are actually stimulating our own response which is already there – boost it – to fight an infection.â€

The compound targets a specific protein called REDD-1, which is responsible for helping cells fight infection. The scientists discovered that when there is less REDD-1 protein in a cell, viruses like the flu can invade and corrupt the cell in a matter of hours. But when this compound is added, boosting the presence of the REDD-1 protein, the flu (no matter what strain) is held at bay. “We tested different strains — from less pathogenic strains to highly pathogenic strains,†Fontoura said, “and it worked.â€
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This could be good. I F'ing hate the flu.

Haven't had it in a couple years, but the last time sent me to the hospital. They set me up with a few bags of fluids, was there for a day.
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You know who could really use this?



This is cool, though. Hooray for advancing our immune systems!
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Mmm, more vaccinations that people need >_>
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Originally Posted by darthjoe229 View Post
You know who could really use this?



This is cool, though. Hooray for advancing our immune systems!
Haha, nice.


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Mmm, more vaccinations that people need >_>
Actually, a lot less.
Edited by Narzon - 11/7/11 at 6:45am
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EDIT: Damn, another double post.
Last time, I promise!
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Ahhhhh. Yessss. No more dumb flu sprays up my nose making everything taste icky. Already had it twice this year cuz of the army. Grrrr.
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<-- Look at my location!

This is great for normal people, not so great for conspiracy theorist who think vaccinations are a form of population control.
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Defying natural selection, I can see where this is going................

Joking.
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hmmmm.... i see i am legend playing in my head...

ruh roh
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