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Flu Virus Disarms Immune System’s First Responders

Infection by the influenza virus may be more complicated than previously thought. Scientists say the pathogen appears to disarm the immune system’s first responders, which are the first line of defense against disease.  When confronted by the influenza virus, the body’s immune system generates white blood cells that produce antibodies specifically designed to attach to the invading microorganism and neutralize it, preventing infection. These virus-specific cells also retain a memory of ...

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