A new method for looking at how proteins fold inside mammal cells may one day lead to better flu vaccines.
Flu vaccines are based on antibodies that recognize certain proteins, but viruses have high mutation rates to escape antibody detection. A new technique is able to identify how the folding process changes when the protein mutates.
“If people know the folding picture of how a mutation changes, it will be helpful for designing a better vaccine,” says Cornell University assistant professor of nutritional science Shu-Bing Qian.
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