You might have seen our recent counter culture on avian flu, the latest head-scratcher for conservation-medicine buffs. In that article, we said there was no successful vaccine to fight the disease.

That’s still true, but the U.S. is stockpiling one that “might” work. “I think the vaccine would give you partial protection,” said its creator, Robert Webster. “It would probably protect you from death. You would probably get very sick but not die.”

But don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

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