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Lab Reports
September 3, 2008

Hepatitis C Research Tool

JAMA. 2008;300(9):1016. doi:10.1001/jama.300.9.1016-d

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[7]: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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