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Better way to boost human immune system

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Immunologists have discovered how to manipulate the human immune system to increase its power and protect the body from successive viral infections.

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Published in the current edition of Viral Immunology, these findings may point the way toward developing new and more effective vaccines against diseases like influenza or HIV and enhance new developments in immunology.

The study suggests that scientists can boost the body's resistance and fend off successive viral infections by taking components of the virus and indirectly activating specific populations of killer T cells - the body's virus-killing cells.