Self-assembling influenza nanoparticle vaccines elicit broadly neutralizing H1N1 antibodies.

Vaccine Research Center, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA.
Nature (Impact Factor: 42.35). 05/2013; DOI: 10.1038/nature12202
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