Broad protection against the flu

A peptide found by a Wisconsin research group seems to effectively block the influenza virus.

“It attacks a completely different part of the virus life cycle,” explains Curtis R. Brandt, a co-author of the study and a UW-Madison professor of medical microbiology and immunology and of ophthalmology and visual sciences.

“The virus can’t even get into the cell. The peptide is blocking the very earliest step in infection.”

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