Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Korean scientists develop H1N1 flu virus vaccine

Breaking news from one of Korea's top news website - JoongAng Daily!

Korean veterinary scientists said yesterday that they have succeeded in developing a human vaccine against the A(H1N1) influenza virus that has alarmed the world.

They say the vaccine against the virus, which was initially called swine flu, is the first in the world and it should be available to humans in four months. A research team led by Suh Sang-hee, professor of veterinary science at Chungnam National University, said that through genetic recombination of genes extracted from the standard H1N1 virus they have developed a vaccine that is non-infective and can be mass produced.

The breakthrough came only 11 days after the team received samples of the virus from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and began research, according to the university. It generally takes around three months for a vaccine to be developed.

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Chungdam National University, Daejeon, South Korea

Thanks to sasjo for informing us the breaking news!


daisyj said...

yay! this is excellent news!

Kit Kat said...

Greatest news of the year! Korea I love you! You're the best! Hooray!

fraulein said...

Can share, Korea ?

Hmm, on a day the country announced its 4th case...

Anonymous said...

oh goodness... is there going to be shadiness behind this discovery as well???

i guess we'll see. ever since that whole cloning incident, i wonder if the world will take korean scientists seriously :/


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