Researchers in the UK suggest that they've made a discovery that could change the way illnesses like the common cold and the flu are treated, according to BBC News. In an advance online publication in PNAS this week, the team purports to show that antibodies can pass into cells and fight viruses from within, as opposed to only blocking viruses outside of the cell as was previously thought.

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