Philadelphia's Wistar Institute said last week that it has obtained a US patent for a synthetic vaccine technology with the potential to be developed into a universal flu vaccine that could eliminate annual flu shots and protect against pandemics.

Wistar said it is now seeking a corporate partner to license and develop the vaccine, which has been tested in animals and is currently in prototype form.

The newly awarded patent, US No. 7,527,798, is entitled "Composition and method for preventing or treating a virus infection."

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An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Veterans Affairs Health System is studying whether genetic testing can help prescribe better depression therapies.

Stat News reports that Spark Therapeutics' Luxturna is now being used to treat a wider array of patients.

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