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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-20-05 01:12 PM
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U.S. Team Will Test Live-Virus Bird Flu Vaccine
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U.S. Team Will Test Live-Virus Bird Flu Vaccine

Researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health will soon recruit 30 human volunteers to test the effectiveness of a vaccine containing a live but weakened form of the H5N1 bird flu virus.

According to the Associated Press, this flu shot would differ from the standard influenza vaccines distributed each year because it contains live rather than killed virus -- potentially rendering it more powerful in inducing an immune response.

The live virus used in the upcoming trial will be genetically altered, however, so that it won't make people sick. Its hoped that the new vaccine will prime the volunteer's immune systems to recognize a more deadly strain of H5N1 if and when it appears.

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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-20-05 02:26 PM
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1. What A Convenient Way To Start a Pandemic
Ooops! Sorry about that! Shades of Mengele.
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