Hemagglutinin (IMAGE) University of Chicago Medical Center Caption Hemagglutinin (HA) is a protein on the surface of the influenza virus that attaches to receptors on host cells. A new study shows how antibodies that target conserved, stable portions of HA, shown in the colored portions here, were highly effective at fighting the virus. Credit Guthmiller et al. Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.