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Bang Goes the Theory 8: Episode 5 - Flu

Updated Friday 4th April 2014

This week Bang team investigates how flu attacks us and the vaccines that will protect us next winter.

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We have got used to hearing scare stories about strange strains of flu with names like H1N1, but is there any real danger? Jem Stansfield explains flu on a cellular level, showing how it can mutate from a cause of winter snuffles to a virus capable of killing millions.

Liz Bonnin witnesses the vaccines being made that will protect us next winter. Maggie Philbin visits a lab where healthy patients are infected with flu, and witnesses exactly how it attacks. 

Bang Goes The Theory can be seen on BBC One and BBC Two (Wales only) on Monday 7th April 2014 at 7.30pm. Full schedule and iPlayer links are on bbc.co.uk. Read more about the current series.

 

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