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The new head of the National Center for Science Education promises to "fight the good fight" against attacks on...
Analyses of the H7N9 strains isolated from four new cases show that the virus is evolving rapidly, heightening anxiety...
In 2009, Jack Szostak shared a Nobel Prize for his part in discovering the role of telomeres, the end bits of...
Science has exposed a thriving academic black market in China involving shady agencies, corrupt scientists, and...
Paper-selling agencies flourish in the aura of reputable businesses. For some scientists, it may be difficult to tell...
Data collected by satellites and floating probes have chronicled a 2-decade rise in the temperature and thickness of a...
Cholesterol, the artery-clogging molecule that contributes to cardiovascular disease, has another nasty trick up its...
Until recently, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) kept its plans for its $70 million portion of the...
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Live Chat: Can Science Conquer the Flu?
5 December 2012 8:35 am
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The flu season has begun in the Northern Hemisphere, and millions of people are about to get sick. Even in the 21st century, the flu virus is a formidable foe for scientists; they never know how bad the annual epidemic will be or how well the vaccine, which is updated every year, will work.
Why hasn't science stopped influenza yet? Can we develop a vaccine that protects against all flu strains—for life? Are better drugs on the horizon? And in the meantime, what does the season look like so far, and how can you best protect yourself?
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Kari Johansen is a pediatrician and a clinical virologist. She is deputy director of the influenza program at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in (ECDC) Stockholm, and an expert on vaccine safety issues.
Albert (Ab) Osterhaus is head of the virology department at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and director of the Dutch National Influenza Center. He has worked extensively on influenza and many other respiratory viruses.
Nicholas Kelley is a research associate at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota and the assistant project director on the CIDARP Comprehensive Influenza Vaccine Initiative.