Researchers have developed a drug cocktail that could provide a cure-all to the flu in all of its forms, WebMD reports. The new antibodies target a part of the virus that has only two known variations, a vulnerability that past vaccines have missed. Drugs mobilizing the new technology could debut by the 2011 flu season, sooner if there's a threatening pandemic.
Scientists made the discovery while attempting to stop bird flu. Not only did the antibodies defend against that lethal ailment, but—much to the researchers' delight—every other flu mutation they concocted. "This really is an important advance," said a professor of medicine. "The possibility of having a universal therapy for flu is made more real."