Antibodies still in survivors systems years after illness

Published 8:57 pm Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Dear Editor,

“Nine decades after history’s most lethal flu faded away, survivors’ bloodstream still carry highly potent protection against the 1918 virus, demonstrating the remarkable durability on the human immune system,” states the International Herald Tribune.

On examining blood from elderly Spanish-flu survivors, scientists found “antibodies that still roam the body looking to strangle the old flu strain.”

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With these antibodies, researchers made a vaccine capable of curing mice that had been injected with the killer flu.

The immune system’s memory amazed researches.

“The Lord has blessed us with antibodies our whole lifetime,” one researcher exclaimed. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Ralph T. Crosley

Adairsville, Ga.