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Scripps Research has discovered an drug that neutralizes influenza A group 1 viruses.
Covers many of the seasonal flu strains, and also pandemic strains, such as H1N1 and H5N1.
JNJ-4796 is an orally active small molecule drug.
Recognizes the HA stem in the same way as the antibody.
Protected mice infected with 25 times the normally-lethal dose of H1N1 influenza.
Small molecules are cheaper, more shelf-stable, and are more convenient for patients.
The study was published in Science journal.