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A Once-in-a-Lifetime Flu Shot?

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Science  13 Sep 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6151, pp. 1171
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6151.1171

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Researchers long have dreamed of a "universal" vaccine that could thwart all strains of the influenza virus and mean goodbye to annual shots and pandemics. But few clues have suggested ways to make this vaccine, as antibodies against the virus tend to work against one strain but not another. New insights about antibodies that have a "broad" reach and stop many, if not all, viral variants may hold answers.