HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
'Protecting virus' offers instant flu protection and converts flu infections into their own vaccines

Research led by Professor Nigel Dimmock at the University of Warwick is developing an entirely new method of protecting against flu. This has been shown to protect animals against various strains of flu, and could offer protection against the full range of influenza A infections, including H5N1 and any new pandemic or epidemic strains infecting humans. The 'protecting virus' provides instant protection, and completely prevents flu symptoms developing by slowing influenza infection rates to such an extent that the harmful infection becomes a vaccine against that very form of influenza. It can also counter an actual infection and offer protection if given up to 24 hours after first infection (and possibly longer).

Existing vaccination methods depend on stimulating the body's immune system, so that white blood cells produce antibodies that attach to the surface of the virus and start the process of killing it. This works well for many diseases, such as smallpox, polio and measles, but is much less effective with influenza, as the coat of the flu virus is continually changing. Vaccination against one strain of flu, for instance H3N2, is totally ineffective against another, such as H5N1. This is especially problematic when a new pandemic strain emerges, as all existing vaccines are likely to be totally ineffective.

Professor Dimmock has spent more than two decades investigating an entirely new method, that uses a 'protecting virus'. This has now been shown to provide instant protection against all flu symptoms and to slow the development of an influenza infection to such an extent that harmful infections are transformed into a vaccine against that form of influenza.

'Protecting virus' has a significant alteration to one of the virus's genes. The genetic material of a flu virus consists of 8 individual segments of single stranded RNA. Professor Dimmock's protecting influenza virus has a huge but specific deletion of around 80% of th
'"/>

Contact: Peter Dunn
p.j.dunn@warwick.ac.uk
2-476-52-3708
University of Warwick
4-Oct-2006


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Expert to provide update after worst tomato virus hits California
2. UF scientists identify cancer virus genetic targets
3. Proteins tail may be flu viruss achilles heel
4. Clue found to Epstein-Barr virus ability to form and sustain tumors
5. UCF nanoparticle offers promise for treating glaucoma
6. Lucky 13 as new gene discovery offers further hope for childhood blindness
7. Largest synthetic gene ever built offers insights into anti-malarial drug resistance
8. Gene therapy offers new hope for treatment of peripheral neuropathy
9. Study of protein folds offers insight into metabolic evolution
10. Soy estrogens and breast cancer: Researcher offers overview
11. NIST building software offers green product advice

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:11/27/2019)... ... , ... Though the forecast for the Thanksgiving holiday might look a bit ... hit the roads and the skies. It’s a new personal recipe organizer app called ... a simple design, mouth-watering pictures of food, an optional social component and an easy-to-navigate ...
(Date:11/20/2019)... , ... November 20, 2019 , ... BioInformatics Inc., part ... science tools market, today announced the winners of the Life Science Industry Awards for ... the Life Science Industry Awards – Innovation: , Most Innovative New Product – Cell ...
(Date:11/14/2019)... ... November 13, 2019 , ... NDA ... RAC , a regulatory affairs and program management executive with more than 33 ... industries, has joined the firm as an Expert Consultant. , Robert Peterson ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/27/2019)... ... December 27, 2019 , ... Leak Detection Associates (LDA), ... Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device and Food Packaging Industries is excited to celebrate the ... by CLJ Holdings in February, 2019, a comprehensive and aggressive reorganization plan was ...
(Date:12/18/2019)... ... December 17, 2019 , ... ... pleased to announce that it has hired Dr. Alia Orbin, Ph.D., J.D., an ... experienced in the preparation, filing and prosecution of patent applications related to pharmaceutical ...
(Date:12/4/2019)... ... December 03, 2019 , ... A new survey by MedReps ( ... CONMED as the overall best medical sales companies to work for in 2020. ... polled over 1,200 professionals from the MedReps community to identify which medical sales companies ...
(Date:12/4/2019)... Indiana (PRWEB) , ... December 04, 2019 , ... ... strategy to further enhance dissolution and stabilize amorphous materials. Additionally, their PDF Synchrotron ... enhance the ability to describe these compositions both in regulatory and patent applications.  ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: