When body meets H1N1 flu

Two studies map interactions between virus and human cells; one study reveals natural flu fighters

By Tina Hesman Saey, 14:52 PM December 17, 2009

Pandemic H1N1 influenza may seem daunting, but two new studies reveal that you’ve got it in you to fight the flu.

Two separate research teams have cataloged interactions between the H1N1 influenza virus and human cells, with one group reporting that human cells already contain powerful antiflu agents that also help defend against other viral infections, including West Nile virus and dengue.

Published online December 17 in Cell, both studies may help scientists build better flu-fighting ...

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