See, described in layman terms, flu vaccines are researcher's best guess at how the Influenza virus will mutate in the coming flu season. Watching proteins fold means that, if we know how to predict mutations in advance, we would have good vaccines. We already have had protein folding models for several years now, so experimental confirmation would just make things cooler. Nonetheless, the problem remains that inaccurate predictions lie at the heart of flu vaccine ineffectiveness.
Is my understanding of flu vaccinations completely incorrect, or is this just cool research without a practical use?
Researchers piece together how proteins fold
(Phys.org) — A new method for looking at how proteins fold inside mammal cells could one day lead to better flu vaccines, among other practical applications, say Cornell researchers.