UNCG biology researchers Dr. Amy Adamson and Hinissan Pascaline Kohio, a graduate student, received widespread coverage in the science media after their research was presented recently at the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) annual meeting in New Orleans.

Their study focused on how reducing glucose metabolism dials down influenza viral infection in laboratory cell cultures, weakening the microbes’ ability to infect host cells. While annual flu shots are based on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control predictions of the viruses that will be in widest circulation each flu season, the new approach targets one metabolic requirement of all influenza viruses: glucose.

The presentation was reported online by Medical News Today, Science Daily, Red Orbit and The Scientist.