Flu Threatens World Cup Team, But Hope for Universal Vaccine Grows
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The virus that caused seven of the players on Germany’s World Cup team to experience flu-like symptoms may not be a concern during future tournaments thanks to researchers like Dr. Yoshiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Kawaoka has been criticized for manipulating the H1N1 virus to make it even more powerful, but research like this can provide insight into the evolution of viruses for more effective vaccines and anti-viral drugs. His current work involves creating new viruses by forging together gene-creating proteins to better understand why some viruses are lethal, along with studying the human response to viral pathogens. The ultimate goal for Dr. Kawaoka, along with other researchers, is the development of a universal vaccine that will provide immunization from all flu variations. If this goal is met, World Cup teams won’t need to worry about the flu crushing their hopes of winning it all.
At 4PM ET, the German soccer team will face Brazil in The World Cup semi-finals. The Germans might not have made it. Just a few days ago, the team could have been stopped, not by their opponent France, but by a virus that caused seven of the team's players to come down with flu-like symptoms. ...
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