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The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 infected nearly half of the Earth's population.
Researchers have developed a vapor delivery system for a sialic acid-coated nanoparticle that is intended to prevent the influenza A virus from binding to sialic acid on patients’ cell surfaces. In a study involving immunocompromised mice, the treatment reduced mortality from 100% down to 25% over the...
Scientists have identified a protein known as DNA-dependent activator of interferon (DAI) to be the trigger for cell death when cells become infected with influenza A. Mice that lack the ability to create DAI were unable to initiate cell death in the presence of influenza virus. This research development may...