For the first time, researchers have developed a system for culturing normal human liver cells that can be infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) (Buck M. PLoS ONE. 2008;3:e2660). The culture system, developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, may facilitate a better understanding of the life cycle of HCV and its effects in hepatocytes. It also could help in the development of novel therapeutics and vaccines for HCV infection.
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