Two Michigan State University researchers have received a $2 million federal grant to study how cells react to the flu.
The National Institutes of Health grant goes to food science and human nutrition associate professor Elizabeth Gardner and microbiology and molecular genetics assistant professor Sungjin Kim.
Influenza and its side-effects are the fourth leading cause of death among people 65 and older.
The university says Gardner and Kim recently identified a critical role for "natural killer" cells in controlling early influenza infections in mice.
The researchers will seek to introduce an effective "natural killer" cell response as a way to control early influenza infection in the elderly and other vulnerable people.