Antibody Based Therapy

What is Antibody Based Therapy?  Antibody based therapy is the use of antibodies (human or other species) to target specific proteins. In the case of influenza, these antibodies would target a part of the virus.

Why is Antibody Based Therapy being studied?  A number of research studies for other viral diseases, such as hepatitis, rabies, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and ebola, have shown that giving immune therapy (antibodies) may be beneficial in fighting these disease-causing viruses. Now researchers want to know if using flu antibodies will help seriously ill patients get better sooner and with fewer complications. The theory behind using immune therapy is that the more flu-fighting antibodies a person has, the faster the body can rid itself of the influenza virus.

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