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Submission + - Could a Newly Developed RNA-Based Vaccine Offer Lifelong Protection From Flu? (medicaldaily.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A new experimental flu vaccine made out of messenger RNA (mRNA) that may work for life is now being developed.
German researchers said on Sunday that the vaccine, made of the genetic material that controls the production of proteins, protected animals against influenza and, unlike traditional vaccines, it may work for life and can potentially be manufactured quickly enough to stop a pandemic.
Past studies have suggested a universal flu vaccine that involved targeting other proteins on the flu virus that don't change as quickly as the NA and HA proteins, but the new newly proposed vaccine goes beyond that and targets the underlying RNA-driven processes that create the NA and HA proteins, regardless of their strain.

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Could a Newly Developed RNA-Based Vaccine Offer Lifelong Protection From Flu?

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