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Llama blood clue to beating all flu

Llama antibodies able to attack parts of flu virus that don't mutate


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Llamas have been used to produce a new antibody therapy.

They produce incredibly tiny antibodies in comparison to humans.

Human antibodies attack the tips of proteins, which influenza mutates most readily.

Llama antibodies go a little bit deeper and attack the parts that flu cannot change.

Only 1 out of 60 different viruses weren't neutralised.

The study was published in the Science journal.

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Ian Wilson

Hansen Professor of Structural Biology at Scripps Research Institute.


Peer-reviewed academic online journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Scripps Research Institute

Medical research facility with focus on research and education in the biomedical sciences.

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