Scientists find promise in ‘back boost’ study for future flu vaccine

November 20, 2014 7:37 PM

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Scientists find promise in ‘back boost’ study for future flu vaccine

A computer image shows a distinct antibody landscape, which illustrates an individual's profile of immunity to different strains of influenza. (Photo courtesy of the Center for Pathogen Evolution, University of Cambridge)

Developing a seasonal flu vaccine has long challenged scientists, as predicting the strain that will impact the public in any given year involves an educated guessing game. The flu, like the Ebola virus, is comprised of RNA, not DNA, genes. These viruses’ distinct genetic makeup enables them to muta...

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