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Thursday, February 2nd 2006

H5N1 Vaccine

A vaccine which works in mice.

Scientists have succeeded in creating a genetically engineered vaccine that protects mice from several different strains of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus.

Experts hope the same vaccine or a similar one will one day work in humans, according to the study, which appears in the Feb. 2 issue of The Lancet.

The vaccine uses a common-cold virus, meaning it can be quickly and easily produced and, because it is active against different virus strains, can also be stockpiled for use in a future pandemic, the researchers said.

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