Horse antibodies could combat a bird flu outbreak

时间:2019-03-02 02:03:01166网络整理admin

SERUM provides the fabled, almost miracle cure for snake bite, and for diseases such as rabies and tetanus. Now this old-fashioned way of producing antibodies in another animal has produced an effective treatment for bird flu – at least in mice. Jiahai Lu and colleagues at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, got horses to produce antibodies to H5N1 by injecting them with a vaccine designed for chickens. They then collected the horses’ blood and purified the part with the antibodies in. The serum buys time for infected people to make their own antibodies. To see if the treatment would work,