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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2008 edited

    A new flu vaccine targets a highly conse3rved part of the viral genome - meaning that people won't need annual jabs and that it should give protection against any new pandemic.

    It's passed its initial safety and effectiveness tests and now goes to larger Type II tests.

    With luck this'll be on the market in a couple of years.
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    Is it me, or is this looking to be a fucking great few years for med tech?
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2008
    A universal flu vaccine would be fantastic. for starters you could probably innoculate the whole population not just the elderly and babies.

    But it could be even better news more generally - the same technique could work on other types of viruses.

    I think what's happening is that it's taken until now to actually start making sense of the massive amount of data coming from the big gene sequencing projects of the last few years.
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    It's great news or us old fucks, but you youngsters will be supporting us and sponge-bathing our wrinkled, senile asses for even longer now. Woo, party!
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    This is damn good news - except for what Kadrey said, of course.
    • CommentAuthornleavitt
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2008
    The more we learn about disease genetics, the easier it will be to create one to take out all the useless old people.
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    Not before we teabag all your stuff.
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    In Oregon, we refer to that as a "dick-on"