Every year epidemiologists try to predict what strains of the influenza virus are going to make its way around the world and create vaccines accordingly. The vaccines are designed to boost our immunity against those particular strains, which is sometimes hit or miss, depending on the accuracy of the original prediction. Sometimes, mutations happen, genetic shift or drift creates something that the vaccines are just not designed for.
North Texas researchers have tried to look upstream for a new solution, and may have found the answer in REDD-1, a protein that is found in the regulation of cell defence.
It sounds impressive but we will have to wait and see if it lives up to the expectations in clinical trials.